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Subject: Re: Four Birds, One stone
From: Gerhard Kordmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Mon, 15 Nov 1999 11:44:03 +0100

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        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?

                Regards, Gerhard

        gerhard kordmann  .  matthiasstraße 22  .  54290 trier
        (0651) 99 32 005  .  [log in to unmask]

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