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On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 3:51 PM, Nicolas Spalinger <
The OFL doesn't refuse to admit that font sources exist - rather
contrary - it acknowledges the fact that beyond the binary font files
themselves, which you can already do something with, there are a lot of
different elements which can be used as extended font sources. It avoids
the problematic question of defining precise source requirements for
the "preferred form of modification" when there are various ways of
modifying and building a font: "preferred" for who exactly? A very
strict source requirement would alienate the vast majority of designers
we want to see joining our community!
I agree that the question of sources is very tricky, and probably for the
majority of fonts, it doesn't make sense. In that sense, I think the OFL is
a realistic license.
So the OFL model intentionally doesn't place strict requirements
releasing these extended sources needed for a full build but at the same
time it *makes it possible and strongly encourages* (via the FAQ) the
author choosing this model to release everything that can be useful to
designers: data files, glyph databases, smart code, build scripts,
documentation and rendering samples.
However, in the case that I actually have sources (and more than just build
scripts), I want those to be protected in the sense that modification of
those sources must also be redistributed along with the corresponding
modified font. I don't see that the OFL would require this, and so I don't
see the OFL as the right license for the sources.