Writing to Mum in Glagolitic script

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sat May 24 11:03:12 EDT 2014

I don't know whether to laugh or cry; but whatever I choose to do there 
is a cautionary tale
in what has just happened to me.

For my PISMO program, for typing in Old Church Slavonic in Old Cyrillic 
and Glagolitic I was
forwarded a font by an academic in that field that contained both those 
writing systems
arranged in conformance with a Windows cyrillic format (i.e. 
pre-Unicode) and suggested to
use that as a base for my fonts as they were completely free.

So I did that.

Yesterday I got an e-mail from a prof. in Germany stating that a 
substantial component of my fonts
were derived from his Free but copyright fonts and he was "not a happy 
camper" and wanted me
to remove those fonts from the ftp site where they were bundled with my 

I downloaded the prof's font: and "Lo and Behold", his font contains a 
large number of the glyphs
that were also in the font I derived from [metrics, shapes, everything] 
although they were laid out
in Unicode-compliant locations.


1. I wrote an e-mail apologising to the prof., and assuring him that I 
would remove those fonts
forthwith and that my "poaching" was unintentional.

2. Sat up most of the night making a new font.

3. Ran off a new version of PISMO with the new font:



What have I learnt?

1. Don't trust anything on the internet.

2. Don't trust academics (mind you, I have been fairly wary of them for 

3. Do everything for yourself from the ground up.



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