I'm glad to announce the availability of the new release of Culmus
fonts. This release updates just one font family - David. Despite a
minor version number increase, this update introduces a major change.
The new David font is published in the TrueType format with OpenType
features. With appropriate software it would be able to display Hebrew
diacritics in a proper manner.
Visually, all weights were lightened and made more spacious. Note that
this introduces some incompatibility with older versions. With
transition to the new release the same text in David will take more
space on a page, even though the line spacing remains the same. I'm
sorry to mess up your carefully laid out documents, but I sincerely
believe that the new incarnation looks better and is more legible than
the old one.
On the contents level, the font family has been expanded with several
. New bold-Italic weight
. Extended punctuation symbols (ellipsis, dashes, etc.)
. Currency symbols (pound, euro)
As usual, the fonts can be downloaded from the site of the Culmus
project: http://culmus.sourceforge.net. Please give them a try and let
me know your comments or suggestions.
The rpm file was tested on a rather ancient SuSE 10.1 system, but I hope
it works with newer ones too. Since this release introduces a new
TrueType file format, I kindly ask package maintainers to refrain from
propagating it into automatic update systems for two or three days. This
should allow bugs to surface, if there are any, and give me time to fix
them before the fonts are distributed to the larger community.
A note to package maintainers: this release comes with a source package
(culmus-src-0.102.tar.gz). This package contains the FontForge sources
of David font, and I would be truly grateful if they are distributed in
the same manner as all other source packages.