Proposal talk:Fund the development of free fonts

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Does this need funding? Is this more a case of working to bring free software distros and language experts to do it - Providing the tools to enable the volunteers?Filceolaire 18:30, 22 November 2009 (UTC)

The tools for this already exist (such as FontForge) however, the fonts that have been created, when they are created are not complete. An example of this, suggested in this Proposal, is that of Ge'ez. This alphabet is used by ~34 million people:
  • Tigrinya (6.7 million)
  • Amharic (25 million)
  • Tigre (1 million)
  • Harari (57,000)
  • Blin (70,000)
  • Me'en (21,000)
GNU already has a freefont for this particular alphabet however it is far from complete (note: http://www.gnu.org/software/freefont/coverage.html, refer to Ethiopic). As you can also see in that link there are a lot of languages that need help, in spite of the available. The font was originally created by the SIL Foundation years ago but needs expansion. Merhawie 22:18, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
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