As one that started of participated in this discussion in many "back
On 10/27/2013 09:50 AM, Chad wrote:
Our ideologies are far more important than typography.
We bet on free licenses for all the content and software we produce,
even if sometimes potentially superior "free as in beer" alternatives
are available. We systematically bet on free as in freedom content, file
formats and programs not only because they are free, but also because by
using them we contribute to their promotion, consolidation and success.
I personally don't see a reason to sacrifice this consistency in order
to use and advertise a proprietary typeface because it looks better
today in certain displays.
I agree with Kaldari and Brandon earlier: serif,
And if we want to specify any fonts in our works, they should be free.
Why would we need to start our own foundry from scratch? There are many
free typefaces, more and better every year. Google has done a big
investment and as a result Android ships with free fonts only, and they
host a huge repository of free webfonts. Even Adobe publishes pretty
decent free fonts these days. The trend is clear, we are not in 2003
anymore. I don't see why we have to go in a different direction instead
of supporting the trend of free fonts explicitly or, at least, stay
neutral (serif, sans-serif, monospace).
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