Code2003 is a rip-off

James Kass jameskasskrv at
Sat Aug 15 17:57:29 CDT 2020

On 2020-08-15 3:13 PM, Richard Wordingham via Unicode wrote:
> The first point here is that James is not being robbed of income.
> There does not seem to be any way for the general public to licence the
> font(s) from him.
I'm putting my old web site back on line.  Code2001 will remain freeware.

> Now, James is still being given credit for the glyphs.  That doesn't
> seem to be true for other glyph creators, e.g. Alif Silpachai for the
> Tai Tham glyphs.  Alif's font is free as in free beer, not as in free
> speech.
I'm being given credit for stealing Alif Silpachai's (among others') 
work along with that credit of designing those glyphs which I actually 
designed.  It's not flattering to be given credit for being a thief if 
I'm not one.

> There is a potential loss of reputation to James as a font can be a lot
> more than just glyphs.  The shaping has mostly gone missing, and he may
> be criticised for the various consequent shortcomings, whereas there was
> a time when Code2000 was the best Devanagari font I had available on
> my machine.
Thank you!  I hope you will also like the Grantha in the new version of 

> The final issue is that he has been robbed of artistic and technical
> control.  That is indeed an issue if it was not James Kass who put the
> fonts on SourceForge.  Now, if the font had been released under the SIL
> Open Font Licence, he would also have lost control.  One may see the
> name 'Code2003' as impertinent, but at least the font is not being
> paraded as Code2000, Code 2001 or Code2002.
It's the last digit in the font name which signifies:
Code2000 is for plane 0
Code2001 is for plane 1
Code2002 is for plane 2
Code2003 should have been for plane 3

Best regards,

James Kass

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