Free font families and international fonts
Most fonts available on the net are badly designed, poorly hinted,
and have broken encoding vectors. Furthermore, they don't come in
complete families, which makes them useless for many applications.
Finding good quality fonts, be it in Type 1 or TrueType format,
seems difficult, especially if you use languages other than those
covered by ISO 8859-1. Here are a few links to satisfactory font
These fonts come for free, but some are not
Please read their license, use them legally, and remember that
you take full responsibility for any legal issues that might
These links are offered with no guarantee. Not even of any kind.
- The X11 distribution comes with:
- IBM Courier, in Type 1 format. This family covers
ISO 8859-1 to 3 and 9, and includes some linedrawing
characters and dingbats;
- Adobe Utopia, in Type 1 format. This family only seems to
cover ISO 8859-1;
- Bitstream Charter and Courier, in Type 1 format. These
families cover ISO 8859-1 only;
- Bitstream Charter and Courier, in Speedo format. These families
cover ISO 8859-1 and almost all of 2, and include some linedrawing
characters and dingbats.
- URW++ have made a set of three
high quality font families (Antiqua, Nimbus and Grotesq) available
under the GPL. They come in Type 1 format. They are disrtibuted with
and are also available from CTAN in the directory
These fonts only cover ISO 8859-1.
- The HP FontSmart
site proposes a few very pleasant but badly instructed (hinted)
font families in TrueType format. They cover ISO 8859-1, 2, 15
and almost all of 9 (`g with breve' is missing).
typography offers a few technically excellent fonts from Monotype
and Microsoft in TrueType format. The ones marked `WGL4' cover
ISO 8859-1 to 5, 7, 9, and 15, as well as all the Koi charsets
and some linedrawing characters and dingbats (in other words, they
cover more or less all European languages written using Latin,
Cyrillic, or monotonic Greek characters, as well as Turkish). One of
them, Verdana, even contains glyphs for the Latin-based
Vietnamese script. (Note that the files marked `Windows 3.1' are
actually ZIP archives, and may be unpacked on Unix systems).
You may not redistribute these fonts.
- Daniel Will-Harris offers two variants of Bitstream's
These fonts come in TrueType format and cover ISO 8859-1 only.
- Antykwa Torunska is a font family digitized by Janusz
Marian Nowacki that covers ISO 8859-1 and 2. The original version, in
Type 1 format, is available from CTAN in the directory
You should avoid the TrueType version, which has a `cmap' rigged for
some other window system.
font comes in TrueType format, and covers ISO 8859-1 to 4 and 9,
and also contains a number of characters used in Anglo-Saxon (Old
English). Note that this is not a complete font family, but only
a single Roman Serif font. You should avoid the other Junius fonts,
which have rigged `cmap's.
- Adam Twardoch has
collected a number of links to
free fonts to download.
- The Bitstream Cyberbit font is no longer available.
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