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FS#9060 - WenQuanYi Bitmap Song fonts

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by William Poetra Yoga Hadisoeseno (wpyh) - Saturday, 31 May 2008, 22:30 GMT
Task Type Patches
Category Font/charset
Status Unconfirmed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All players
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version Daily build (which?)
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 0
Private No

Details

This font is part of the WenQuanYi Project at [1]. It's in Chinese, but there's an english page at [2]. This font is similar to the WenQuanYi Unibit font (FS#9059) and focuses mostly on ASCII and CJK, but I'm also posting this font for inclusion because this one has different point sizes, like for example the nimbus, Sazanami and ProFont fonts already included in Rockbox. With the different point sizes, especially lower point sizes, this font is great for small screens such as my iPod Nano.

I'm attaching some screenshots of this font under various point sizes and weights. I've also taken screenshots with the simulator to show how it would look like in Rockbox.

Additionally, this font is available from the original website at [3]. There is also an online README file at [4]. The source BDF files are available from the project's SourceForge page at [5], and the BDF files I'm attaching come from the source package at [6].

According to the project[4], this font is a derivation of older free fonts and enhanced with bitmaps made by online users. As such, it is licensed under the GPLv2 with a font embedding exception[4]:

[quote]
** GPL v2 license with font embedding exception:

As a special exception, if you create a document which uses this
font, and embed this font or unaltered portions of this font into
the document, this font does not by itself cause the resulting
document to be covered by the GNU General Public License. This
exception does not however invalidate any other reasons why the
document might be covered by the GNU General Public License. If you
modify this font, you may extend this exception to your version of
the font, but you are not obligated to do so. If you do not wish to
do so, delete this exception statement from your version.
[/quote]

It's up to Rockbox developers whether to strip off this exception. Either way, the font is compatible with Rockbox's license (GPLv2).

Links:
[1] http://www.wenq.org/
[2] http://wqy.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/enindex.cgi
[3] http://www.wenq.org/index.cgi?BitmapSong
[4] http://www.wenq.org/index.cgi?Hero_README
[5] http://sourceforge.net/projects/wqy/
[6] http://downloads.sourceforge.net/wqy/wqy-bitmapfont-bdf-gb18030-0.9.9-0.tar.gz?modtime=1194227675&big_mirror=0
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