Fonts in XFree86 : New fonts
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2. New fonts

2.1. Bitmap fonts

XFree86 includes two new Unicode-encoded fonts with a large collection of non-ideographic glyphs. While it is possible to use these fonts as main fonts, applications may also use them as fallbacks when a given glyph is not available in the current font.

2.1.1. The Unicode `fixed' font

The font file

with XLFD
is a Unicode-encoded version of the standard `fixed' font with added support for the Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Georgian, Armenian, IPA and other scripts plus numerous technical symbols. It contains over 2800 characters, covering all characters of ISO 8859 parts 1-5, 7-10, 13-15, as well as all European IBM and Microsoft code pages, KOI8, WGL4, and the repertoires of many other character sets. This font is compatible with the standard 8-bit fixed font and therefore also includes the DEC line-drawing glyphs in the range 0x00 to 0x1F, which are not part of Unicode or ISO 10646-1.

An ISO 8859-1 version of this font is still available in file

with XLFD
The standard aliases `fixed' and `6x13' still point at the ISO 8859-1 versions of the font.

2.1.2. The ClearlyU Unicode font

The ClearlyU font set of fonts provides a set of 12pt, 100dpi proportional fonts with many of the glyphs needed for Unicode text. Together, the fonts contain over 4000 glyphs.

The main ClearlyU font has XLFD name

and resides in the font file
Additional ClearlyU fonts include
-mutt-ClearlyU Alternate Glyphs-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-91-iso10646-1

-mutt-ClearlyU Arabic Extra-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-103-fontspecific-0

-mutt-ClearlyU Ligature-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-141-fontspecific-0

-mutt-ClearlyU PUA-medium-r-normal--17-120-100-100-p-111-iso10646-1

2.2. Scalable fonts

XFree86 includes the ``Lucidux'' family of Type 1 fonts. This family consists of the fonts ``Lucidux Serif'', with XLFD

-b&h-lucidux serif-medium-*-normal--*-*-*-*-p-*-*-*
``Lucidux Sans'', with XLFD
-b&h-lucidux sans-medium-*-normal--*-*-*-*-p-*-*-*
and ``Lucidux Mono'', with XLFD
-b&h-lucidux mono-medium-*-normal--*-*-*-*-m-*-*-*
Each of these fonts currently comes in Roman and oblique variants (bold variants will be included in a future release) and has 337 glyphs covering the basic ``ASCII'' glyph set, the Latin 1 glyph set, as well as the ``Extended Latin'' glyph set. In particular, these fonts include all the glyphs needed for ISO 8859 parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 15.

The Lucidux fonts are original designs by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes. Lucidux fonts include seriffed, sans-serif, and monospaced styles which share the same stem weight, x-height, capital height, ascent and descent. Lucidux fonts harmonise with Lucida (R) fonts of the same vertical proportions and weights. The character width metrics of Lucidux roman fonts match those of core fonts bundled with several window systems.

Each PFA file has a copy of the license terms in PS comment lines. The license terms are also included in the file COPYRIGHT.BH for convenience, and in the License document.

The design and font outlines were donated by Charles Bigelow and Kris Holmes from Bigelow and Holmes Inc., and the hinting was donated by Berthold Horn and Blenda Horn from Y&Y, Inc. For more information, please contact or , or consult Y&Y's web site.

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