Issue 96197 - easily differentiate between proprietary fonts and free fonts
Summary: easily differentiate between proprietary fonts and free fonts
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: editing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.0
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Reported: 2008-11-14 00:00 UTC by di555
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
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Description di555 2008-11-14 00:00:19 UTC
It would be extremely helpful if the font selector for Writer and any other app that allows selection of fonts used a background color in the drop
down box that allowed for the differentiation of the fonts based on
proprietary/patented/copyrighted or copylefted, or free.  Two or three
background colors could be used for each font in the drop down box, for example
green could be used as a background font for FOSS or copylefted fonts, yellow
for shareware or some other mildly restricted fonts, and red for fonts that are
copyrighted/patented or may otherwise land a user or corporation in trouble
regarding licensing/royalties/BSA.

So, for example, I'm starting to write a letter, and use the fonts drop down box
to select a font, but I see that Times New Roman has a red or yellow background
(MS font, issue of suing or BSA threats on patent on Times New Roman murky
because of possible past promises to individuals not to sue, but no promises to
corporations...etc.,) so instead I choose a free-serif type font that has a
green background and is a known FOSS font as it has been donated to the FSF, etc.

Yellow could also be used if the font isn't known for sure to be FOSS or
proprietary/patent encumbered, or isn't in "the" font database that would
accompany installation, or would be available/checked/ or updated from
the web site or mirrors.

This simple and immediate differentiation will go a long way in cutting down the
use of proprietary fonts (especially with users who install mscorefonts and
other proprietary fonts, or for unauthorized employee installation of
proprietary/unlicensed fonts in corporations.  It will also help highlight this
issue so it is more visible as an issue for more users and companies.
Comment 1 eric.savary 2008-11-17 14:16:01 UTC
Why not...

But instead of colors, provide information over icons, else it's not
accessible.#Reassigned to Requirements