[INDOLOGY] Sanskrit characters: a comparison of 12 fonts and their coverage of conjuncts

Harry Spier vasishtha.spier at gmail.com
Sun Jul 23 18:59:54 UTC 2023

Dear everyone,
A few years back I had some discussions with John Hudson of Tiro fonts
about their sanskrit font (some issues with vedic accents) and at that time
I asked him about licensing and use of their sanskrit font.  Here is what I
asked and what he answered.
*. . .*
Would you be able to clarify the following points about the Sanskrit Text
font licence.
1) Are you permitted to publish books that use the Sanskrit Text font?
2) Are you permitted to use the Sanskrit Text font with non-Microsoft
publishing software such as: QuarkXpress or Adobe Indesign etc.?
Harry Spier
John Hudson <john at tiro.ca>
May 30, 2021, 4:34 PM
to me

Dear Harry,
Yes and yes, so long as you have a valid license for the software with
which the Sanskrit Text font is bundled (Windows or Office).
John Hudson
Tiro Typeworks Ltd    www.tiro.com
Harry Spier

On Sun, Jul 23, 2023 at 2:36 PM Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> The Tiro fonts are super, and I hadn't paid attention to them before.
> Thanks!  They are licensed under the Open Font License
> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SIL_Open_Font_License>, so anyone can
> download, distribute and use them for any purpose.
> The Microsoft fonts, including Arial Unicode, have always been covered by
> a completely restrictive commercial license.  The font files (TTF, OTF) may
> not be downloaded or distributed.  The fonts are licensed as integral parts
> of the Windows OS and may be used only in that environment only by people
> who have paid for a Windows license.  Most people, including major
> publishers, think that Arial Unicode is a free font.  It's not.   Yes, a
> PDF with some characters embedded in it can be shared, but not the font
> itself.
> Best,
> Dominik
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