On 27-10-2013 20:37, Steven Walling wrote:
Many FOSS communities have dealt with the trade off between great-looking
fonts and freedom by commissioning foundries to get their own free fonts.
See also: Ubuntu, Android, and more. I've talked to the design team about
this idea, including perhaps getting a foundry to donate a unique font
stack in exchange for the publicity they'd get.
Those FOSS communities distribute software such as operating systems;
you cannot compare them to websites like Wikipedia. The MediaWiki
software generate those websites. So I think the comparison is not acurate.
Whould MediaWiki commision it's own font? No; too expensive/time
consuming. Could we possibly use an existing free (web) font? Possibly,
but it will cost extra bandwidth serving them. That leaves using fonts
that are available on readers' systems.
Whoever said that typography is not important, is totally wrong; it is
an inseparable part of web design. Avoiding proprietary fonts is just as
pointless as avoiding proprietary web browsers.
Met vriendelijke groet,