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Typeface

The KDE project uses a typeface called Bitstream Vera Sans Bold for all printed and screen material.

http://www.bitstream.com/categories/products/fonts/vera/index.html

As the Bitstream Vera family only provides support for the standard TrueType character set (Latin1). To provide support for additional languages the font has been extended by third parties. As the Bitstream Vera font license doesn't allow modifications of the font using the original font name the extended versions are available under new names:

Hunky Fonts (0.3): additional letters for Baltic, Central European, South European and other languages, including Maori, Welsh and Esperanto.

http://www.kde-look.org/content/show.php?content=15063

SUSE/Novell offers "SUSE Sans" which is supposed to cover support for all Latin languages:

If Bitstream Vera Sans is not or might not be available then "Verdana" should be used (e.g. for Website styles).

Headlines are in black or they are in white on blue or black backgrounds. Sublines and lead-ins can be in black on white backgrounds. Copy is always black.

KDE Logo Font and KDE-EDU

In general the Kabel-Font may only be used uppercase. It may only be used for the term "KDE" itself and related to topics like KDE-EDU, kids and games.

A free look-alike called "Kabel Book" by A. Carr is available at:

http://eksten.net/webgraphix/fonts/k/kabelb.html

In addition many Font Companies offer a Kabel font family commercially.

(2) Kabel is a trademark of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, which may be registered in certain jurisdictions, exclusively licensed through Linotype Library GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.

(3) Gnome Foundation and Bitstream Inc. announce long-term agreement to bring high quality fonts to free software: http://www.gnome.org/press/releases/bitstreamfonts.html

Font for aKademy

Silicon, Copyright 1991, Atech Software, Carlsbad CA

http://darklair101.www.50megs.com/fonts.zip

Incorrect use of typography

The incorrect use of typography creates confusion and undermines confidence in the brand.


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