For Approval: IPA Font License v1.0

Bruce Perens bruce at
Tue Feb 24 20:47:57 UTC 2009

yuko.noguchi at wrote:
> How best should IPA address the distribution of the native file?

I do not suggest you call it "Native File", as that name is probably 
specific to that particular Microsoft program. I've never heard it before.
> 1) would it be better to mandate that, if you ever have a native file,
> you should distribute such native file;  or,
> 2) would it be sufficient to ask that, if you ever have a native file,
> you may (or are recommended to) distribute the native file.
You should at least encourage distribution of the preferred form for 
modification. It would be OK to compel it.
I don't have a strong opinion so far regarding whether or not you should 
compel it.

This is, however, important when considering the question of whether a 
font is source or binary. At least some of the time, there _is_ a source 
file that is different from the font file in its usable form.



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