[mpeg-OTspec] Proposed changes to the OFF specification

Levantovsky, Vladimir vladimir.levantovsky at monotypeimaging.com
Mon Jul 18 21:28:51 CEST 2011

The Panose spec (copyrights) are owned by HP, but Mpnotype and HP have the agreement in place to maintain the spec and its public availability. The spec is available at www.panose.com


On Jul 18, 2011, at 7:33 PM, "John Hudson" <john at tiro.ca> wrote:

>> Proposal: in OS/2 table - modify the description of the Panose field 
>> (http://www.microsoft.com/typography/otspec/os2.htm#pan) by removing the 
>> names of the fields and making the explicit reference to the Panose 
>> spec. The reason for this change (as was stated in the liaison letter) 
>> is that current filed names are defined by one particular section of the 
>> Panose spec, and only relevant if that particular section is used to 
>> determine Panose values. Other sections use slightly different set of 
>> Panose values, and additional specification is required to classify 
>> non-Latin character sets.
> I support this change. I recently had to investigate a support call 
> regarding Panose settings in a display font, and realised that the 
> client had been looking at the OT OS/2 table spec rather than the Panose 
> spec, so was unaware of the settings that are appropriate to display 
> types. I think it makes more sense to reference the Panose spec.
> But who owns the Panose spec now? Is it still Hewlett Packard, or has it 
> been placed under a standards body? And where is the official reference?
> JH
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