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Re: Bug#666647: Still cannot use LaTeX with cyrillic symbols

Dear all,
Dear Karl,

@all: I include Karl Berry, maintainer of the fontname standard, head
of the TeX Live team, etc etc etc

@Karl: I think you remebered that I contacted you some time ago about
the problem with scalable-cyrfonts shipping fpl fonts conflicting
with fonts in TeX Live.

Here are my remarks, Karl, if you have additions of corrections, 
feel free, but keep everyone in Cc.

* the fonts have not been uploaded to the CTAN (Comprehensive TeX
  Archive Network), which is the main distribution center for all
  TeX related things.

* the package is open for adoption since 2010, that is close to two

* these fonts have unclear license status. It is not clear whether
  taking the various glyphs from various sides and adding some things
  and sticking it together is fine.

* the fpl fonts as available on CTAN and shipped in TeX Live are there
  since 2004

Honestly, I don't see any reason to create problems for users of
TeX due to fonts that are not visible to the outside work, that have
never been uploaded, publicized in any proper forum related to TeX,
and are not maintained anymore.

On So, 22 Jul 2012, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Sat, 2012-07-14 at 14:54 +0300, Anton Zinoviev wrote:
> > When the maintainter created this package many years ago (that was me) 
> > there was no such conflict and the font names of the package were 
> > compliant with the font name guidelines used by the TeX community.
> > 
> > http://tug.org/fontname/html/
> > 
> > As far as I know, at that time no TeX font conflicted with these names 
> > and in particular no Debian package shipped fonts with conflicting font 
> > names.
> > 
> > A long time passed since then.  I no longer feel myself competent to 
> > either assess properly the present conflict or to be sure I am 
> > implementing the right solution.
> > 
> > Dropping scalable-cyrfonts-tex is not something desirable.  This package 
> > provides several styles whose effect (I think) is not achievable without 
> > this package.  I mean styles such as cyrtimes, cyrbookman, cyrnewcent, 
> > cyrpalatino, teams.
> TeX maintainers - any comments / thoughts?

Best wishes

Norbert Preining            preining@{jaist.ac.jp, logic.at, debian.org}
JAIST, Japan                                 TeX Live & Debian Developer
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