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Arphic Technology

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Type  Type foundry
Number of employees  50
Founded  May 1990
Headquarters  New Taipei City, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Arphic Technology Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 文鼎科技開發股份有限公司, aka.: Arphic Technology (文鼎科技)) is a type foundry based in Taiwan (Republic of China), founded in May 1990.


Arphic PL Fonts

Arphic Technology is the creator of the Arphic PL Fonts (文鼎自由字型), including AR PL KaitiM Big5 (文鼎 PL 中楷), AR PL Mingti2L Big5 (文鼎 PL 細上海宋), AR PL SungtiL GB (文鼎 PL 簡報宋) and AR PL KaitiM GB (文鼎 PL 簡中楷), which were released in 1999 under the Arphic Public License. They are used by some Linux distributions (incl. Ubuntu, Debian, etc.) as part of their default CJK fonts.

In 2010, Arphic Technology released another two fonts, AR PL MingU20-L (文鼎 PL 明體) and AR PL BaoSong2GBK (文鼎 PL 報宋), which are available under a revised Arphic Public License that restricts distribution of the fonts to non-profit use only.


As a partner of C&G Inc., Arphic Technology was one of the designers of Kanjis in C&G's Meiryo (明瞭) font, intended for Japanese.

Arphic Public License

The "Arphic Public License" published by Arphic Technology in 1999 was recognized by Free Software Foundation as a copyleft, free software license and incompatible with the GNU General Public License. But as it is used almost only for fonts, the incompatibility does not cause a problem in that use.

The revised Arphic Public License published in 2010 doesn't allow commercial use, thus is non-free.


Arphic Technology Wikipedia

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