[Pkg-fonts-bugs] ITP: GFS Didot - Greek font family

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sun Jan 14 21:07:44 CET 2007

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : ttf-gfs-didot
* Version         : 1.0
* Upstream Author : Takis Katsoulidis, George Matthiopoulos (Greek Font
* URL             : www.greekfontsociety.org/pages/en_typefaces.html
* License         : Open Font License
* Description     : Greek font family (Didot revival)

Under the influence of the neoclassical ideals of the late 18th century,
the famous French typecutter Firmin Didot in Paris designed a new Greek
typeface (1805) which was immediately used in the publishing programme
of Adamantios Korai, the prominent intellectual figure of the Greek
diaspora and leading scholar of the Greek Enlightenment. The typeface
eventually arrived in Greece, with the field press which came with
Didot’s grandson Ambroise Firmin Didot, during the Greek Revolution in
1821. Since then the typeface has enjoyed an unrivaled success as the
type of choice for almost every kind of publication until the last
decades of the 20th century.

Didot’s type was the base for a new font, GFS Didot (1994) which was
designed by Takis Katsoulidis, and digitised by George Matthiopoulos.
The typeface is accompanied by a matching latin alphabet based on
Hermann Zapf’s Palatino.

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