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David Glenn on comp.fonts

In January 2002, David Glenn, then head of typography at Microsoft, posted this as a reply to some questions on comp.fonts: Some of the fonts you have listed (Linotype, Braganza, etc.) are commercial so you won't *legally* find them without getting them with a product or buying them. While I realize that comp.fonts readers and posters are not your average Windows customers, I do learn a lot by reading the posts and questions. I try to step in when I see MS fonts being pirated. I also try and help others find fonts they're looking for or answer questions. If some interpret that as "Dave being the font cop for Micro$oft..." then so be it. There is a big difference between speeding and robbery. The same difference could be said between one person making a copy for their desktop and laptop, or sharing a font or two with a friend. But, large scale distribution of commercial fonts, by web-site or newsgroup posts, is not the right thing to do. It's also pretty easy to educate and control if enough folks help out rather than just direct people to alt.binaries.fonts or some ftp site. There is a lot of knowledge in these newsgroups. I too would like to see more discussions of typography and fonts. What do users want out of the Fonts folder in Windows? What types of richer typography do users want to see in the OS? In email or word processing applications? Etc., etc.

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