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Libre Baskerville v1.0 Released

Update posted November 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm by PabloImpallari for the Libre Baskerville project.

- Initial v1.0 release
- Regular, Italic and Bold styles
- All iKerned (we are using GPOS style kerning only, instead of the old Kerning table)

Libre Baskerville characters set covers 103 Latin languages:
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Azerbaijani, Basque, Belarusian, Bislama, Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Comorian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Fijian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, Flemish, French, Gaelic (Irish / Manx / Scottish), Gagauz, German, Gikuyu, Gilbertese/Kiribati, Greenlandic, Guarani, Haitian_Creole, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Igo/Igbo, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Javanese, Kashubian, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Luba/Ciluba/Kasai, Luxembourgish, Malagasy, Malay, Maltese, Maori, Marquesan, Marshallese, Moldovan/Moldovian/Romanian, Montenegrin, Nauruan, Ndebele, Norwegian, Oromo, Palauan/Belauan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Romanian, Romansh, Sami, Samoan, Sango, Serbian, Sesotho, Setswana/Sitswana/Tswana, Seychellois_Creole, SiSwati/Swati/Swazi, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Somali, Sorbian, Sotho, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tahitian, Tetum, Tok_Pisin, Tongan, Tsonga, Tswana, Tuareg/Berber, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvaluan, Uzbek/Usbek, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba, Zulu.


Note 1: The number in the zip filename is not related to the actual version of the source file. It's assigned by the system, so to keep filenames unique.

Note 2: In the Beta versions the .otf files are for preview only, quickly generated using Ben Kiel's Font Generator Macro. Please reffer to the source vfb files.

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#1 Urieal December 7, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I love it. Baskerville is my favorite font. Thank you so much for this.

How hard would it be to create a Bold-Italic?

#2 RodrigoFuenzalida December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Maybe the next year we'll work on a bold version for the italic.

#3 PabloImpallari December 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Yep, Bold-Italic and SmallCaps for all

#4 Basterville December 10, 2012 at 3:35 am

Awesome work!

I am experimenting with this using the Google font API. I am having issues, however, getting the discretionary ligatures (ct, st) to display in Safari 6. I've attempted using the various methods mentioned in the following article with no luck.

Would you happen to know anything regarding this issue? Thanks

#5 PabloImpallari December 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

This Css code will turn On:
- OpenType Kerning
- Standard Ligatures
- Contextual Alternates
- Discretional Ligatures.

font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig"
-moz-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig"
-webkit-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig"
-ms-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig"
-o-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig"

Current Ligatures are:
ff fi fl ffi ffl fb ffb fh ffh fj ffj fk ffk ft fft

Current Discretional Ligatures are:
ct sp st

I'm testing now and they work on Firefox and Chrome, but fail on Safari... mmm
Will investigate more and tel you know.

#6 Basterville December 10, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Thanks Pablo

#7 PabloImpallari December 10, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Hi again,

Seems to be related to the sub-setting that GWF applies to the fonts to make them smaller.
Try adding '&subset=all' and you should get the full font, instead of the subsetted version.

This is the standard way to call a font:

To get the entire font:

Hope it helps,

#8 Basterville December 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

Not too sure what I'm doing wrong here…I added this code to the body in css and linked the following using the @import in css. Still not having anything display for some reason.

font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig";
-moz-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig";
-webkit-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig";
-ms-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig";
-o-font-feature-settings: "kern" on, "liga" on, "calt" on, "dlig";

@import url(,700,400italic);

#9 Basterville December 11, 2012 at 1:42 am

Also cleared the browser cache

#10 PabloImpallari January 19, 2013 at 11:22 pm

There was a small error on your call to the fonts. This one works:,700,400italic&subset=all

#11 Peter Hatch August 7, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I really like this font; are there still plans to add SmallCaps? If so, any idea when that might be done? Thanks!

#12 seanos August 14, 2013 at 7:09 am

This font looks really good...until I try to use it on my Nook (e-reader). It only supports OpenType fonts, but the OTF files in the src folder look really, really ugly when embedded in an ePub and downloaded to the Nook. The letters aren’t even aligned on the baseline.

They look OK when viewed in the Windows font preview though.

I haven’t had this problem with any other embedded OpenType fonts, but it also happens with LibreCaslon.

If I take your TTF and convert it to OTF it’s looks fine, but not if I use your OTF or VFB files. Any ideas what might be the crucial difference here?

#13 PabloImpallari August 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

Thanks. Small Caps are planned for the future. But we do not have a certain date for the moment.

I've never used Nook. But according to your comments, I think I understand the problem.
Technically speaking, OTF files can contain two different style of outlines: Cubic or Quadratic.
Nook seems to prefer TTF flavored OTF files.

Your solution (converting our TTF to new OTF files) is perfectly fine.

You can also generate a new OTF using the "-TTF" ending source files.
For example, using the LibreBaskerville-Regular-TTF.vfb to generate a new OTF file.

#14 webweaver March 18, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Hi there!

Beautiful, beautiful font. Thank you!

I'm using it for headers on a new government website here in New Zealand, and for various reasons we have to host the @font-face font ourselves, rather than linking to the font on Google Web Fonts. I'm trying to create a decent kit using Font Squirrel's web font generator (expert mode), but I can't seem to get all the ligatures.

I've copied and pasted ff fi fl ffi ffl ſt into the "single characters" form field in the generator, and I've got those working, but I don't have the unicode or the characters for the other ligatures you include - like fj, fb, fh etc.

Can you help? Thanks so much.

#15 PabloImpallari March 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Hi, That's awesome!
On Font Squirrel's generator: In the "Subsetting" options, just select "No Subsetting".

#16 seanos April 3, 2014 at 2:07 am

Thought you might like to know about some problems people are having with embedding this font. This may be related to the problem I had.

#17 foneditor May 31, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I would like to contribute with a bold italic.
I included credits on it, but you can change them.


#18 PabloImpallari June 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

Thanks fonteditor,
Can you attach the source files for that?

#19 foneditor June 1, 2014 at 10:15 pm

Well, this is a FontForge SFont Database, and it seens you are using FontLab. FontLab doesn't work with this format, so you should get a copy of FontForge. (FontForge SFD ≠ Scandisk3 Document).
FontForge is only officially distributed in source files, but Matthew Petroff did the job compiling it into a Windows binary: . I used the 2011-02-22 version.
I also recommend making a page for it. L. Baskerville can be a savior for many people who have to rely into commercial fonts. Including me. That "Baskerville Old Face" is really bad. I hate so many things on it that I can make a huge book. Now, I have a good Baskerville free of charge.
Well, there's it.
If you wish, I can export it and the rest of the family to a TTF-flavored font file. I and ttfautohint care of the conversion and hinting.


#20 PabloImpallari June 1, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Thanks fonteditor!
I have FF installed, No problem.
I will have a detailed look at it as soon (well.. as soon as work allows), and upload everything to Github as UFO files.

#21 foneditor June 1, 2014 at 11:47 pm

No problem. Waiting your revisions.
I just used FF auto-bold, took a quick look, and exported. FontForge's auto-bold never disappointed me in any way. Well, your look will be more detailed, so the small flaws that my quick look missed will be fixed.

#22 foneditor June 3, 2014 at 2:29 pm

PabloImpallari wrote:
>Thanks. Small Caps are planned for the future. But we do not have a certain date for the moment.
Oh yes, I got a sketch small caps. It's more a base for you than a ready-to-use font file (especially spacing is on the work). There's it.
Also SFDs are here.


#23 JakubMarian June 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

I am so happy to read that there's work being done on the bold italic version of the font. I actually came to this website only to ask whether there's any chance of creating it; I would love to use it on my website.

I am really looking forward to seeing the new variant in Google Fonts.

#24 LRjunior June 21, 2014 at 10:47 am

Hello Pablo,

I would like to contribute to your open source font Libre Baskerville. I have corrected diacritic marks on letters used in Slovak, namely Lcaron, lcaron, dcaron, and tcaron, because caron was not correctly positioned on them and in case of Lcaron it has wrong shape.

Because I have used FontForge I have edited OTFs and attached also SFDs, I was not able to open VFB files in FontForge. I have also updated FONTLOG. I have created specimen both for version 1.0 and as for the new version (v1.1) to compare the differences.

I appreciate your work.


#25 LRjunior June 21, 2014 at 11:49 am

I have used BoldItalic font provided by user foneditor and corrected Lcaron, lcaron, dcaron, and tcaron in it. I also corrected Lacute in Italic and BoldItalic. See FONTLOG in attached file (v1.2).

I have also noticed, to me BoldItalic has not the same boldness as Bold.


#26 foneditor June 21, 2014 at 1:10 pm

LRJunior>I was not able to open VFB files in FontForge.
VFB is FontLab's proprietary format, so you can't open it unless you have FontLab licensed software. FontForge isn't.
LRJunior>I have also noticed, to me BoldItalic has not the same boldness as Bold.
I used FontLab's default boldness setting, 20 em-units.
Very nice work. Is slovak your language or you corrected it from other fonts?

#27 LRjunior June 21, 2014 at 2:17 pm

foneditor> Very nice work. Is slovak your language or you corrected it from other fonts?

Yes, Slovak is my mother native language.

#28 PabloImpallari June 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Thanks both! Will review and update asap

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