[OS X TeX] Current "best practice" for Lucida under TeXShop [OT]

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Jan 25 06:35:25 EST 2005

On 25 Jan 2005, at 11:09 am, Ralph Martin wrote:

> On 25 Jan 2005, at 11:05 am, Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> On 25 Jan 2005, at 10:33 am, Ralph Martin wrote:
>>> On 25 Jan 2005, at 10:21 am, Bruno Voisin wrote:
>>>> ... Apple's Software License Agreement ...
>>>> "The software, documentation and any fonts accompanying this 
>>>> License ..."
>>>> "This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple 
>>>> Software on a single computer at a time"
> ...
>>> It does get a bit silly, doesn't it. ... "Using" any piece of 
>>> software normally involves such transient "copying" into 
>>> memory--multiple times, what with the cache on the hard drive, the 
>>> CPU caches, etc.
>> OTOH, making a persistent copy or derivative on your hard drive, such 
>> as by using FontForge to convert to Type 1, re-encode the font, etc., 
>> would pretty clearly be contrary to these license terms.
> And so is embedding font subsets into pdf documents. This license 
> clearly needs rewriting.

One could claim that this is merely a standard way of "using" a font. 
Note that individual TrueType fonts include flags that specify what 
type(s) of embedding are or aren't permitted.

I also note that the Lucida Bright TTFs included in the Java package do 
*not* permit any embedding (not even read-only subsets); this seems to 
imply that they are licensed *only* for use on the host computer, for 
screen display or to create raster images. (I haven't tried creating a 
PDF via OS X Quartz to see if it actually respects the no-embedding 
restriction, but I assume it would.)

I'm not suggesting that I like this kind of font licensing; nor 
disputing that the text could be clarified; but I think the intent of 
the license is reasonably clear.


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