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This may be a bit wider question, and may relate to Latex not so directly - so moderators, feel free to move this post elsewhere if more appropriate!

Let's say I like Caslon (as being used in a magazine); let's say I scan the text in the magazine with high resolution, and prepare a bitmap image of alphabet table based on the scan. Then, let's say I use this bitmap image as underlay (background) for a software like fontforge, where I'd draw the font vectors "by hand", tracing the bitmap outlines - thereby creating a font. So, several questions here:

  • Could such a font be legally released afterwards as free/open? If so,
    • what kind of license should be attributed to such a font, so it's considered free/open?
    • Are there any open source (Linux) alternatives to fontforge as font creation software?
    • What would be the procedure - and the preferred font format - so that this font can end up on CTAN?


Now, I have also realised that there is an open font Junicode; and the Garamond_junicode_caslon comparison makes me realize I'd be quite satisfied with it instead of the "real" Caslon I originally fancied. And it is already in CTAN:

$ tlmgr search --global --file junicode
tlmgr: package repository http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/ctan/systems/texlive/tlnet

... however, it seems it is distributed as TTF, and apparently only ConText (and XeLatex) could use it by default.

So, how would I go about creating a package that would allow usage of this font with (pdf)latex -- in the same sense that after installing tlmgr install palatino, Palatino can be used via \usepackage{palatino}?

  • If I'd succeed in making such a package - what would be then the procedure of sharing it through CTAN?

I am aware this is complex matter, which probably cannot be answered in full with a single answer - however, any pointers like links to documentation/tutorials concerning specific parts will be much appreciated!

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If you want an open-source Garamond font, there's EB Garamond which is great. About creating a new font, you should probably get in touch with the guys over at the League of Moveable Type. – ā„¯aphink Oct 13 '11 at 15:30
"Could such a font be legally released afterwards as free/open?" I wouldn't dare to give legal advise here. – topskip Oct 13 '11 at 16:31
For such old designs like Caslon, you are safer starting from original cuts or old enough samples not contemporary reinterpretations of it. – Khaled Hosny Oct 13 '11 at 17:15
Thanks for those links, @Raphink - didn't know about them, looking good :) – sdaau Oct 23 '11 at 13:49
@sdaau: Yes, that is what I meant. – Khaled Hosny Oct 23 '11 at 15:18