Marcus Denker marcus at
Fri Sep 1 10:53:07 UTC 2000


Some month ago there was a discussion about Freetype and the patent-issues.

Now a FreeType2 pre-release is available at

  Patents issues

  The FreeType 2 source code includes a TrueType bytecode interpreter that 
  is covered by the Apple patents.
  However, this piece of code is never compiled by default in this release 
  (unlike in previous betas) making a default build of the library entirely 
  patent-free !!

  Supported font formats

  FreeType 2 readily supports the following font formats:

      -> TrueType files (.ttf) and collections (.ttc) 
      -> Type 1 font files both in ASCII (.pfa) or binary (.pfb) format 
      -> Type 1 Multiple Master fonts. The FreeType 2 API also provides 
         routines to manage design instances easily 
      -> Type 1 CID-keyed fonts 
      -> OpenType/CFF (.otf) fonts 
      -> CFF/Type 2 fonts 
      -> Adobe CEF fonts (.cef), used to embed fonts in SVG documents 
         with the Adobe SVG viewer plugin. 
      -> Windows FNT/FON bitmap fonts 

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