Arphic Technology

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Arphic Technology Co., Ltd.
Native name
Wéndǐng Kējì Kāifā Gǔfèn Yǒuxiàn Gōngsī
Company typeType foundry
FoundedMay 1990; 33 years ago (1990-05)
HeadquartersNew Taipei, Taiwan
Total assetsNT$90 million
Number of employees
ParentMorisawa Inc. [ja][1]

Arphic Technology Co., Ltd. (Chinese: 文鼎科技開發股份有限公司, aka.: Arphic Technology (文鼎科技)) is a type foundry based in Taiwan (Republic of China), founded in May 1990.[2]


Arphic PL Fonts[edit]

Arphic PL Fonts
Developer(s)Arphic Technology
Initial release1999 & 2010
TypeComputer font
LicenseAR PL KaitiM, AR PL Mingti2L, AR PL SungtiL, AR PL KaitiM GB: Arphic Public License (2001 version, free license)
AR PL MingU20-L, AR PL BaoSong2GBK: Arphic Public License (revised 2010 version, non-commercial) Edit this on Wikidata

Arphic Technology is the creator of the Arphic PL Fonts (where "PL" means "public license(d)", in Chinese: 文鼎公眾授權字型 or 文鼎自由字型), including AR PL KaitiM Big5 (文鼎 PL 中楷), AR PL Mingti2L Big5 (文鼎 PL 細上海宋), AR PL SungtiL GB (文鼎 PL 簡報宋) and AR PL KaitiM GB (文鼎 PL 簡中楷), which were released in 1999 under the Arphic Public License. They are used by Debian-derived Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu), as well as by most LaTeX distributions,[3] as part of their default CJK fonts.[4]

In 2010, Arphic Technology released another two fonts, AR PL MingU20-L (文鼎 PL 明體) and AR PL BaoSong2GBK (文鼎 PL 報宋), which are available under a revised Arphic Public License that restricts distribution of the fonts to non-profit use only.[5]


As a partner of C&G Inc., Arphic Technology was one of the designers of kanji in C&G's Meiryo (明瞭) font, intended for Japanese.

Arphic Public License[edit]

Arphic Public License (1999 version)
PublisherArphic Technology
FSF approvedYes
GPL compatibleNo
WebsiteA copy of the license text on

The "Arphic Public License" published by Arphic Technology in 1999 was recognized by Free Software Foundation as a copyleft, free software license and incompatible with the GNU General Public License. But as it is used almost only for fonts, the incompatibility does not cause a problem in that use.[6]

The revised Arphic Public License published in 2010 doesn't allow commercial use, thus is non-free.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "文鼎字型正式加入日本株式會社森澤". Arphic (in Chinese (Taiwan)). 21 April 2022. Retrieved 21 April 2022.
  2. ^ "About Arphic". Arphic Technology. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  3. ^ "CTAN: /Tex-archive/Fonts/Arphic".
  4. ^ "Debian -- Details of source package TTF-CJK-compact in jessie".
  5. ^ "文鼎科技發佈新的公眾授權字型 (Arphic Technology released new public license fonts)" (in Chinese). Arphic Technology. 2010. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Various Licenses and Comments about Them". Free Software Foundation. Archived from the original on 9 December 2010. Retrieved 7 December 2010.

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