I opened an issue on launchpad and it was added to the Ubuntu Font Family Wishlist queue.
As an added bonus Mark Shuttleworth himself gave his blessing to this design effort (!)
It was a fun mail to start the day with 🙂
I want to quote one thing he wrote:
It *would* be useful if you could start building up a Hebrew community that can provide early and accurate feedback to DM when they start the Hebrew design process.
And later, Paul Sladen wrote:
developing a typeface takes a very long-time (months and months), and although
work on Hebrew won’t be incorporated until the Ubuntu 11.04 development cycle,
it is very useful to start working on it now!
So, I really want to start working on it seriously (too bad I didn’t start this before August Penguin…)
This week I guess I’ll finish the initial design with the good tips I got from Paul Sladen and from Maxim Ioresh, but this is only the beginning:
A real OpenType font must be created and refined, people need to test it, to find where it breaks.
And there are more variants – we have to do the Bold font, the Italic and Bold Italic, and by the time these will be finished there most likely be some Condensed variants too… so I need designers, typographers and testers to pitch in, we have a bit more than 6 months, it’s enough, but not a lot of time for a community project.
Original post: http://tombigel.com/2010/08/26/hebrew-for-the-ubuntu-font/
This is fun! I love Open Source.