Tiresias fonts

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A GPL family of sans-serif fonts with the goal of improving legibility on information labels.


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Description

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Tiresias is a family of realist sans-serif typefaces that were designed for best legibility by people with impaired vision at the Scientific Research Unit of Royal National Institute of the Blind in London. The research basis of Tiresias Screenfont’s legibility claims have been called into question.

Tiresias is the font used in subtitles for digital terrestrial television (DVB-T) in the UK and the Sky Digital satellite service (DVB-S) targeting the UK and Ireland.

The family includes

  • Tiresias Infofont – for information labels, optimized for maximum legibility at a distance of 30–100 cm.
  • Tiresias Keyfont – for labeling the tops of keys of keyboards, PIN pads, appliances, remote controls (features exaggerated punctuation marks)
  • Tiresias LPfont – for large-print publications
  • Tiresias PCfont – for raster displays
  • Tiresias Screenfont – for television subtitling and on-screen user interfaces
  • Tiresias Signfont – a more open spacing for use on signs

In late 2007, all Tiresias fonts except Tiresias Screenfont were released under the GNU General Public License version 3.[1]

(The description above is used under a CC-BY-SA license from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiresias_%28typeface%29)


Characteristics

Homepage Format & features License Review reference Koji page pkgdb page
http://www.tiresias.org/fonts/index.htm TTF GPL 3 with Font Exception: http://www.tiresias.org/fonts/fonts_download.htm#licence


Style Faces Scripts
Sans Serif Other R B I BI Other Latin Greek Cyrillic Other
Variable Monospace Variable Monospace


Caveats

  1. None known.


Additional information

The fonts are packaged across the following Fedora packages:

  • tiresias-fonts-common.noarch : Common files for Tiresias fonts (documentation...)
  • tiresias-info-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for info terminals for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-info-z-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for info terminals for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-key-v2-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for labeling keycaps for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-lp-fonts.noarch : Specialized font for large print publications
  • tiresias-pc-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for use on PCs for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-pc-z-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for use on PCs for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-sign-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for preparing signs for the visually impaired
  • tiresias-sign-z-fonts.noarch : Specialized fonts for preparing signs for the visually impaired



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