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Using fonts in Applications

Monu Tripathi
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Hi,

I need to use Helvetica font in my application(Android application). I have following questions regarding the same:
1. Is helvetica.ttf free for use in commercial projects?
2. What are the legal issues that one must consider when using fonts in their applications?

I have also asked this question here.

Please move this thread to appropriate forum if required.

Thanks.


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Ulf Dittmer
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Fonts can not generally be distributed, no matter what platform it's for. Search for "free fonts" to find many that can be used and distributed for free.
Monu Tripathi
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hmmm...
thanks for your reply. Using fonts is not as simple as I thought;apparently there are just too many legalities to consider.
Maneesh Godbole
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Any specific reason for this font?
As a rule of the thumb, it is always a good idea to go with the set system preferences, because the user is used to those preferences. Also, some people might have problems with a particular font. I personally find the "old document" style fonts very difficult to read though they look good aesthetically.

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Monu Tripathi
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Any specific reason for this font?

It was a query from requirements; I knew it was possible to include fonts but was unsure about licensing, legalities etc.
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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