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smart Unicode font families (Basic and Book Basic) based on Gentium

Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic are font famililes based on the original Gentium design, but with additional weights. The "Book" family is slightly heavier. Both families come with a complete regular, bold, italic and bold italic set of fonts.

The supported character set, however, is much smaller than for the main Gentium fonts. These "Basic" fonts support only the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement Unicode ranges, plus a selection of the more commonly used extended Latin characters, with miscellaneous diacritical marks, symbols and punctuation. A much more complete character set will be supported in a future version of the complete Gentium fonts. These "Basic" fonts are intended as a way to provide additional weights for basic font users without waiting until the complete Gentium character set is finished.

There are, however, some wonderful new features that are still missing from the main Gentium family: * Bold * Bold Italic * The slightly-heavier Book family * OpenType and Graphite smart code for diacritic placement * A few useful OpenType and Graphite features Support for a few more recent * Additions to Unicode Character assignments updated to Unicode 5.1

The font sources are available in the source package and directly on the upstream project website.

Package version:1.1-2


The Gentium Basic and Book Basic font families

Gentium Basic and Book Basic are released under the SIL Open Font License.
Gentium is a trademark of SIL International.

See the OFL-FAQ.txt files for details of the SIL Open Font License.
See the FONTLOG file (changelog.gz) for information on this and previous releases.

Font sources (Fontlab .vfb, TTFB


ttf-sil-gentium-basic (1.1-2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Use a minimal debian/rules file
  * Switch to 3.0 (quilt) source format
  * Bump debhelper compatibility to 7
  * Add ${misc:Depends} to dependencies to properly cope with
    debhelper-triggerred dependencies
  * Add myself as Uploader
  * Update Standards to 3.8.3 (checked)
  * Drop defoma use

 -- Christian Perrier <>  S


Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic  v1.1

This file provides detailed information on the Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic font families. This information should be distributed along with the Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic fonts and any derivative works.

Basic Font Information



This package was debianized by Nicolas Spalinger <>
on Fri, 4 Apr 2008.


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