Bug 136646 - Add Luciole font to support accessibility
Summary: Add Luciole font to support accessibility
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
URL: https://www.luciole-vision.com/luciol...
Keywords: accessibility
Depends on: 91886
Blocks: Fonts-Bundled
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Reported: 2020-09-10 12:32 UTC by Heiko Tietze
Modified: 2022-02-15 13:23 UTC (History)
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Description Heiko Tietze 2020-09-10 12:32:22 UTC
Suggestion at https://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/design/2020/msg00101.html

While it's a nice font I personally dislike to ship fonts in general as it circumvents the OS installation procedure. The discussion in bug 91886 is to make the font installation optional, which would be a first step. Opinions welcome.
Comment 1 Marc Pare 2020-09-10 23:44:41 UTC
I am re-posting my comment from the accessibility mailing list.

I support the suggestion of adding the Luciole font along with the
LibreOffice package.

While it may seem that this font would be for use of only a small
proportion of users, on the contrary, adding the font would benefit more
than one would suspect such as:

* for visually impaired people
* for jurisdictions where installation of software on any publicly
funded systems must show options for accessibility adaptations
* for jurisdictions where installation of software on any privately
funded systems must follow accessibility legislation or corporate
requirements where software must show options for accessibility adaptations

On these two last points, more and more, various jurisdictions are
requiring that software also cover accessibility options in software
used in government agencies. Adding such fonts would show the
LibreOffice's resolve being serious contenders in the choice of office
suite for government agencies. The same can also be said for any
corporate entity where they may have any specific requirements where any
installed software have accessibility adaptation available to corporate

More and more, government jurisdictions are expecting any software
adopted for use in publicly funded agencies also have accessibility
options for users. A good example is the Accessibility for Ontarians
with Disabilities Act (AODA) which outlines specifics with regards to
accessibility with software services -- the act is now law in Ontario. 
[https://www.ontario.ca/page/making-government-services-accessible] .
This pretty well ensures that any corporate entity must fall in line
with the AODA.

So, from the point of the LibreOffice suite and project. If we are to
compete for a place at government and corporate levels and procurement,
or even desktop level, having accessibility options available "right out
the box" would no doubt help with its adoption.

I would hope that for the sake of all other non-European languages, that
similar projects involving specifically created open sourced fonts
(Arabic, Chinese, etc.) similar to the Luciole font project would also
follow. Perhaps at that point, the LibreOffice project could then offer
a separate font package aimed to accessibility needs.

But for now, adding the Luciole font, it surely would not add that much
to the size of the LibreOffice package? If added to the package, then we
could make a big deal of it on our blog making a good case for the
project being supportive of accessibility needs.

Comment 2 Heiko Tietze 2020-09-11 05:02:06 UTC
We discussed this in the ESC and decided to wait until installation of fonts is optional (of course Windows only).
Comment 3 sophie 2022-02-15 13:23:26 UTC
To give you an update, I discussed this issue with Jonathan from typographies.fr and explained him that Luciole should be installed at OS level and why. He will now contact the occupational therapists who are in charge of providing material to visually impaired students.