一些懷古的點陣字型

前幾天在 Hacker News 上看到的懷古字型:「The Ultimate Oldschool PC Font Pack」,在「FONT INDEX」這頁裡面有很多字型的圖片可以看。

比較有趣的是在「README」這頁提到的版權問題,點陣字體在美國是無法被版權化的:

Q. Is this even legal? The original fonts are not yours. Do you have the right to distribute these versions?

A. Short answer: as far as I was able to research, there is nothing illegal or infringing about this collection. The raw bitmap typefaces are not copyrightable, unlike fonts in specific formats such as .fon and TrueType (which qualify as software); at least this is the case in the US, where this site is based. For a longer and far more boring answer, see the legal stuff section below.

這點可以在維基百科上的「Intellectual property protection of typefaces」這篇看到對應的說明:

Typefaces cannot be protected by copyright in the United States (Code of Federal Regulations, Ch 37, Sec. 202.1(e); Eltra Corp. vs. Ringer). The idea that typefaces (rather than fonts, which are computer software) cannot be copyrighted in the United States is black letter law. 37 C.F.R. § 202.1(e). Under U.S. law, typefaces and their letter forms or glyphs are considered utilitarian objects whose public utility outweighs any private interest in protecting their creative elements. However, there is a distinction between a font and a typeface. The machine code used to display a stylized typeface (called a font) is protectable as copyright. In 1992, the US Copyright Office determined that digital outline fonts had elements that could be protected as software. Since that time, the Office has accepted registration of copyright for digital vector fonts, such as PostScript Type 1, TrueType, and OpenType format files.

有不少字型有提供 8x16 的大小,看起來之後還是可以找機會用看看?應該有機會搭 16px 的中文字...

JetBrains 釋出 Monospace 字型

JetBrains 釋出了一套 Monospace 字型 Jetbrains Mono 提供給大家使用:「JetBrains Mono: A free and open source typeface for developers」。

使用 Apache 2.0 License 授權,其他比較常見到的是 SIL Open Font License

JetBrains Mono typeface is available under the Apache 2.0 license and can be used free of charge, for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. You do not need to give credit to JetBrains, although we will appreciate it very much if you do.

雖然是個不常在字型上見到的授權,但 Apache 2.0 License 在軟體這塊蠻常見的,大家的熟悉度也還 ok,應該是沒有什麼大問題... 要注意 Apache 2.0 License 與 GPLv2 是不相容的就好,不能包在一起丟出來。

先換起來用看看,之後再看看有什麼想法...

Mac 下 Google Chrome 的 textarea 預設字型...

要編輯維基百科的時候發現字寬好像不太熟悉,多看了幾個站台,發現 Google Chrome 在 Mac 下面對 textarea 預設的字型不是等寬字... 而且預設的套件沒辦法修改 :o

知道問題後,就是要找解法了... 目前的解法是裝 Stylish,對所有站台的 textarea 加上 font-family: monospace;,這樣就可以避免當網站沒有對 textarea 指定 font-family 時看起來很突兀...

把不好看的字體換掉:Font Replacer

Firefox 裡把不好看的字體換掉的 extension:「Font Replacer」。

主要是換掉 Courier,因為 anti-alias 不起作用:

其中的 Bitstream Vera Sans Mono 是「Bitstream Vera Fonts」這邊下載的...

這是使用前:

這是使用後:

當然不一定要換成 Bitstream Vera Sans Mono,也可以換成其他的,像是系統內應該會有的 Courier New...