Working every day in an open-source environment, there's always one area where open-source aesthetics fall down compared to the Windows and Mac ecosystems: professionally produced fonts.
Source Sans Pro, a new open-source font from Adobe, can be used in a copyleft fashion, and is ready for use in your programs today. Its licence, the SIL Open Font License, is considered free by the Free Software Foundation — no Free endorsement can come higher than that.
The font family comes in six weights, in upright and italic styles, and offers support for Latin script, including Western and Eastern European languages, Vietnamese, pinyin Romanisation of Chinese, and Navajo. A monospace variant is currently under development. Source Sans Pro is the first font from Adobe to support both the Indian rupee and Turkish lira currency symbols.
"In making these fonts open source, it is important to us to make all the source files we used in their production available, so that they can be referenced by others as a resource on how to build OpenType fonts with an AFDKO workflow. The full package of source files can be obtained from the Source Sans download page on SourceForge," wrote Source Sans Pro's creator Paul D Hunt.
The family will soon be available for use in Google docs and presentations.
Some would say that it is a long way from software engineering to journalism, others would correctly argue that it is a mere 10 metres according to the floor plan.During his first five years with CBS Interactive, Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining the company as a programmer.Leaving CBS Interactive in 2010 to follow his deep desire to study the snowdrifts and culinary delights of Canada, Chris based himself in Vancouver and paid for his new snowboarding and poutine cravings as a programmer for a lifestyle gaming startup.Chris returns to CBS in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia determined to meld together his programming and journalistic tendencies once and for all.In his free time, Chris is often seen yelling at different operating systems for their own unique failures, avoiding the dreaded tech support calls from relatives, and conducting extensive studies of internets — he claims he once read an entire one.