[OS X TeX] Vanilla LaTeX to XeLaTeX?
jackson at msrce.howard.edu
Tue Oct 23 01:03:37 EDT 2007
On Oct 23, 2007, at 12:08 AM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
> On Oct 19, 2007, at 12:53 PM, Aaron Jackson wrote:
>> On Oct 18, 2007, at 4:22 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>>> On Oct 18, 2007, at 3:45 PM, S P Suresh wrote:
>>>> On 19 October, at 1:03 , Alain Schremmer wrote:
>>>>> 2) How compatible with the GNU Free Documentation License would
>>>>> be the use of OS X fonts (presumably proprietary) via XeLaTeX?
>>>>> (Of course, I should really ask the GNU people.)
>>>> Sorry, this is not an answer but a question. How compatible will
>>>> the Computer Modern (or mathpazo, or mathtime) math fonts be
>>>> with the OS X fonts that you will be using for text? I don't
>>>> know what the effort involved is, and I also guess that people
>>>> are working on it, but when XeLateX finally provides full math
>>>> support, that will be the day!
>>> I second. This has now become my third question.
>>> 3) How compatible is Computer Modern—or whatever math font(s) it
>>> is that I am currently but unwittingly using in my Vanilla LaTeX
>> Most fonts USUALLY give you the right to embed them in a document
>> and distribute the document without restriction (see Lucida
>> license http://www.pctex.com/files/managed/a/a2/EULA.txt).
>> Otherwise, what is the point of buying a font in the first place?
>> I wouldn't imagine that there should be any issues with the GNU
>> document license, since that only refers to the content of the
>> work, not the media on which it is distributed.
> Well, yes, but …
> i. Indeed, even if I am using a proprietary font in my source, you
> certainly need nothing more than a pdf reader to print it.
> ii. However, the GNU document license requires that the source too
> be made usable without proprietary tools. If you want to typeset
> the source, as opposed to just printing the pdf, aren't going to
> have to buy the font?
That is only an issue for the person using your work and making more
than 100 copies. If you want to guard against this, you could just
comment out the proprietary font packages in your latex source for
distribution. Of course, you could always use standard postscript
fonts (everybody has these) and then you don't have to worry about
distributing the latex code. Barring that, you could use proprietary
fonts, only distribute the pdf and give your work a less restrictive
license than the GNU document license (more BSDish...I personally
prefer BSD licensed stuff over GNU licensed stuff because of these
> As far as my question 3) above is concerned, though, it was rather
> stupid: I would assume that anything in a distribution such as
> gwtex would be perfectly free. I don't know what bit me.
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