SDL, SGE, & FreeType

Does anyone know anything about the legality of the FreeType library that
is required by SGE? I am planning to use it in an RPG that some friends
and I are working on and we would like it all to be legal code.

Last information I saw was on their web page and was dated December of
1999.

Dave

Dave wrote:

Does anyone know anything about the legality of the FreeType library that
is required by SGE? I am planning to use it in an RPG that some friends
and I are working on and we would like it all to be legal code.

Last information I saw was on their web page and was dated December of
1999.

Best bet would be not to use FreeType except internally to generate
bitmap fonts based the TTF’s you use. This is the safest course of
action to take as of now. Also makes good technical sense because the
FreeType rasterizer is absolutely no good at all if you want to generate
text any time soon. Take note: many fonts are dangerous things
legally. In some countries it is even possible to have patents on fonts
(the London Times owns a patent on Times Roman I believe), and many may
have distribution restrictions that are unanticipated. Ever wonder why
every Linux distribution that packages Gimp never includes the fonts
used by the sample scripts? This is part of the reason.–

| Rafael R. Sevilla @Rafael_R_Sevilla |
| Instrumentation, Robotics, and Control Laboratory |

College of Engineering, University of the Philippines, Diliman

Dido Sevilla wrote:

Best bet would be not to use FreeType except internally to generate
bitmap fonts based the TTF’s you use. This is the safest course of
action to take as of now.

In my previous programs (MS-DOS games), I created a simple format
for bitmapped font, and I made a simple utility TTF2FON that translates
fonts.
Technically bitmap fonts are faster, but changing size and style
dinamically is a great feature (and blitting can be optimized by
converting font in bitmap format in memory when requested).

Now, with truetype’s patents, I wonder if anyone (maybe GNU project)
has already created a new vectorial font format with truetype’s
features.

This can be the same as the ‘.GIF’ patent. A picture can be free, and so
if you save it with ‘.PNG’ format, you have no patents problems.
If a truetype font is free, and you convert it in another format with
the same features and use it in your program, the program is patents
free?

Enzo.