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
fontforgeas 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 context-typescripts: texmf-dist/tex/context/third/typescripts/type-junicode.tex junicode: texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/Junicode.pdf texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/Junicode.tex texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/License.pdf texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/License.tex texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/README texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/aelfric_job.pdf texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/aelfric_job.tex texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/mufi.pdf texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/mufi.tex texmf-dist/doc/fonts/junicode/replacements texmf-dist/fonts/truetype/public/junicode/Junicode-Bold.ttf texmf-dist/fonts/truetype/public/junicode/Junicode-BoldItalic.ttf texmf-dist/fonts/truetype/public/junicode/Junicode-Italic.ttf texmf-dist/fonts/truetype/public/junicode/Junicode-Regular.ttf
... 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
- 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!