There’s an interesting little war going on in the world of fonts for dyslexic readers. Three fonts are in wide use for this purpose:
One of these — Dyslexie — is a proprietary font sold by a company in the Netherlands. The other two are free, or close to free. Dyslexie is beyond our means; we would never sell enough dyslexic editions to pay its yearly license fee. We’re evaluating the other two.
The ‘war’ part is about an ugly legal action threatened by the makers of Dyslexie against the developer of OpenDyslexic, which can be downloaded and distributed without limitation or fee from OpenDyslexic.org. This feels all too much like Microsoft trying hard to kill off open-source Linux. Shame on the makers on Dyslexie! It’s clear that their interest is in making money rather than in the welfare of dyslexic readers. The status of their infringement claim is well below dubious, because in the US typefaces can’t be copyrighted. The Dyslexie argument is that OpenDyslexic takes advantage of this ‘loophole’ to infringe their intellectual property rights.
In any event, we plan to publish a dyslexic-friendly edition of Norm and Burny: The Black Square within the coming weeks. As of now, it will be set in either OpenDyslexic or Lexia Readable. We would appreciate your feedback and comments.