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The table columns and their meaning:
 
The table columns and their meaning:
*'''Professional printing?''' -- known good for professional printing (top quality font, prefer these)
 
  
*'''Bubblejet printing?''' -- known good for printing (eg. breaks a RIP but prints ok on a bubblejet or a laser printer)
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*'''Font Repository''' -- Source of fonts and link if applicable
  
*'''Web/Presentations?''' -- known good for web/presentations (actually loads and renders in Scribus and its PDFs, but its a nasty font for printing/RIPing)
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*'''Fonts''' -- List of included font families and/or faces
  
*'''Knows issues?''' -- Any problems that may occur
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*'''Quality/Suitability''' -- What quality level the fonts are at and what they are well suited for, eg pro printing, home printing. Generally 'pro' - ie professional printing on RIPs - can be assumed to include less demanding uses too.
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*'''Known issues?''' -- Any problems that may occur. Most fonts with any known problems should simply be avoided, but sometimes there are valid reasons to use them anyway - so long as you know there may be consequences.
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*'''Coverage''' -- Notes about the fonts' glyph coverage and, if known, encoding.
  
 
*'''Comments''' -- Any additional information you consider important
 
*'''Comments''' -- Any additional information you consider important
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! style="background:#efefef;" | Font Repository / Font Family /Link
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Font Repository / Font Family /Link
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! style="background:#efefef;" | Fonts
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Type
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Type
! style="background:#efefef;" | Professional printing?
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! style="background:#efefef;" | Quality/Suitability
! style="background:#efefef;" | Bubblejet printing?
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Web/Presentations?
 
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Known issues?
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Known issues?
! style="background:#efefef;" | Encoding
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! style="background:#efefef;" | Encoding & Coverage
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Comments
 
! style="background:#efefef;" | Comments
 
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| [http://www.stormtype.com/free.html Lido]
 
| [http://www.stormtype.com/free.html Lido]
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| ?
 
| OTF
 
| OTF
| No?
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| Home printing?
| Yes?
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| ?
| Yes?
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| Latin-1 / ISO-8859-1?
| No?
 
| Latin1?
 
 
| Free for non-commercial use
 
| Free for non-commercial use
  
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|-
 
| [ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/ghost/AFPL/GhostPCL/urwfonts_t1-1.40.tar.bz2 Artifex Ghostscript TTF]
 
| [ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/ghost/AFPL/GhostPCL/urwfonts_t1-1.40.tar.bz2 Artifex Ghostscript TTF]
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| ?
 
| TTF
 
| TTF
| Yes?
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| Pro quality
| Yes?
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| ?
| Yes?
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| Latin-1 / ISO-8859-1?
| No?
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| Includes URW fonts shipped with most Linux distros, but also some additional font families,like URW Classico and a Garamond. Free; donated by URW.
| Latin1?
 
| Includes URW fonts shipped with most Linux distros, but also some additional font families,like URW Classico and a Garamond
 
  
 
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|-
 
|-
 
| CorelDraw fonts
 
| CorelDraw fonts
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| ? (lots)
 
| TTF, PS
 
| TTF, PS
| Yes
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| Mixed
| Yes
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| Some inferior quality fonts included, be careful.
| Yes?
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| Unknown
| No?
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| High quality Bitstream fonts. Copies of Corel Draw can often be picked up cheap, but these fonts are in no way free.
| Latin1?
 
|high quality Bitstream fonts
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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| [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium Gentium] fonts
 
| [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium Gentium] fonts
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| Gentium
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| ?
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| ?
 
| ?
 
| ?
| Yes?
 
| Yes
 
| Yes
 
| No
 
 
| Unicode3, see  [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium_glyphs here] for more details
 
| Unicode3, see  [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium_glyphs here] for more details
|free; see the [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium_samples samples]
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| Free; see the [http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=Gentium_samples samples]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
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| [http://www.janusz.nowacki.strefa.pl/torunska-e.html Antykwa Toruńska] fonts
 
| [http://www.janusz.nowacki.strefa.pl/torunska-e.html Antykwa Toruńska] fonts
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| ?
 
| Type1, TTF, OTF
 
| Type1, TTF, OTF
| Yes?
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| ?
| Yes?
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| ?
| Yes?
 
| No?
 
 
| Unicode, QX, cp1250, StandardEncoding, Cyrillic, Greek  
 
| Unicode, QX, cp1250, StandardEncoding, Cyrillic, Greek  
|free; the font is mainly used for typesetting of small prints  
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| Free; the font is mainly used for typesetting of small prints.
 
 
 
 
  
 
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Revision as of 12:53, 15 March 2005

This article is part of the HOWTOs series.
Installation Usage PDF issues Imposition Other

Introduction

The following list should provide an overview of free and non-free fonts known to behave well on screen and/or in print. Anyone is invited to add his favourite fonts and comment on his experience with them. If you don't feel like playing with the table entries, just hit the Discussion tab and describe your fonts in plain text, and other users will insert an table row for you, then.

The table columns and their meaning:

  • Font Repository -- Source of fonts and link if applicable
  • Fonts -- List of included font families and/or faces
  • Quality/Suitability -- What quality level the fonts are at and what they are well suited for, eg pro printing, home printing. Generally 'pro' - ie professional printing on RIPs - can be assumed to include less demanding uses too.
  • Known issues? -- Any problems that may occur. Most fonts with any known problems should simply be avoided, but sometimes there are valid reasons to use them anyway - so long as you know there may be consequences.
  • Coverage -- Notes about the fonts' glyph coverage and, if known, encoding.
  • Comments -- Any additional information you consider important


Font list

Font table
Font Repository / Font Family /Link Fonts Type Quality/Suitability Known issues? Encoding & Coverage Comments
Lido ? OTF Home printing? ? Latin-1 / ISO-8859-1? Free for non-commercial use
Artifex Ghostscript TTF ? TTF Pro quality ? Latin-1 / ISO-8859-1? Includes URW fonts shipped with most Linux distros, but also some additional font families,like URW Classico and a Garamond. Free; donated by URW.
CorelDraw fonts ? (lots) TTF, PS Mixed Some inferior quality fonts included, be careful. Unknown High quality Bitstream fonts. Copies of Corel Draw can often be picked up cheap, but these fonts are in no way free.
Gentium fonts Gentium ? ? ? Unicode3, see here for more details Free; see the samples
Antykwa Toruńska fonts ? Type1, TTF, OTF ? ? Unicode, QX, cp1250, StandardEncoding, Cyrillic, Greek Free; the font is mainly used for typesetting of small prints.