[webkit-dev] SIL Open Font License and WebKit

Eric Seidel eric at webkit.org
Fri Jul 16 08:05:47 PDT 2010

A little web searching produced:

It's OSI approved:

GNU thinks it's OK, albeit having an "unusual requirement":

Fedora recommended:

It would appear to be "the font license".


On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 5:05 AM, Alex Milowski <alex at milowski.org> wrote:
> We have a licensing issue we need to address for MathML.  We need the STIX
> fonts as they will provide consistent rendering for Mathematics.  I highly
> suspect these fonts will find themselves on our desktops somewhere down
> the road.  Meanwhile, we need them for our testing infrastructure to
> actually work across all the platforms.
> The STIX Fonts are available under the SIL Open Font License:
>   http://scripts.sil.org/cms/scripts/page.php?site_id=nrsi&item_id=OFL_web
> You can see the patch that adds these fonts here:
>   https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=41961
> I think we need to adjust our licensing policy to include font licenses
> like the above.  It is unlikely that the STIX consortium will change their
> font licensing.  In reality, they don't need to do so.  The font license is
> intended to support "open source" fonts.
> --
> --Alex Milowski
> "The excellence of grammar as a guide is proportional to the paucity of the
> inflexions, i.e. to the degree of analysis effected by the language
> considered."
> Bertrand Russell in a footnote of Principles of Mathematics
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