Tweet, tweet. This bird has been hit... My question about the
advantages of "good" fonts vs. cheaper versions was really a
question and not a reproach. "Expert fonts" and "true small caps"
are good answers.
So there is the need to have a certain amount of quality fonts
in teaching, without too much risk of students copying them, as
the foundries wouldn't like that. Couldn't there be a solution
like fonts on a file server, protected in a way that applications
can use them, but you can't access them for copying?
A little note on your example calculation (my mailer just killed
your original mail, so forgive me if I misquote). It was 50 work-
stations, 5 font sets each? For expert font sets I checked Caslon
and Perpetua at Adobe I get the following result:
1 license (=5 workstations) $69.99 x 10 x 5 = $3500.
Adobe generally has a 50% discount for educational institutions,
that leaves only $1750. Still not free, but we're talking long
term investments here, much longer than the actual workstations
they are used on. That should be a debatable amount of money.
A question for the senior typographers/designers: how did you
learn typography in the pre-digital age? Surlely font access was
even more restricted then?
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