Q. What does Fōrmulæ mean ?

A. Fōrmulæ is a Latin word, it is the plural for Fōrmula, which is diminutive of Fōrma (form, mould) so, in a literal sense, it means multiple, small moulds, which describes perfectly its modular structure of pieces.

Fōrmula (singular of Fōrmulæ) is of course, the origin of the word Formula, which is an arrangement of symbols intended to express an idea. 


Q. How should I write Fōrmulæ ?

A. The second letter (Ō) is the vowel O with a macron (the diacritic ¯) placed over it to mark as a long vowel.

The last letter (Æ) is a grapheme formed from the letters a and e (originally a ligature representing the ae latin diphthong), and then promoted to the full status of a letter in the alphabets of many languages.


Q. Which software license is it ?

A. Fōrmulæ is open source. The following shows the licences used:

Element
Licence
Description
Library It can be used and linked to any program, including proprietary and commercially licensed software
Library API reference Anyone can copy, redistribute or modify, including commercially. Credit to the authors must be provided
Developer´s guide Anyone can copy, redistribute or modify, including commercially. Credit to the authors must be provided
The Desktop front-end Anyone can copy, redistribute or modify. Derived work must remain under GPL, so the source code must be always provided
The Desktop user´s guide Anyone can copy, redistribute or modify, including commercially. Credit to the authors must be provided
Expression packages developed under the project (standard packages) It can be used and linked to any program, including proprietary and commercially licensed software
Expression packages developed independently Chosen by the developer They can be even proprietary or commercially licensed

Q. What does "free expressions" slogan mean ?

A. It has -at least- three different meanings:

  • Using "free" as a verb -such like "free Willy"- means "make expressions free"
  • Using "free" as an adjective -like "free beer"- means "expressions for all"
  • In Spanish, the term "free speech" is said "libre expresión", which is literally translated to "free expression"

Q. Does Fōrmulæ have a mascot ?

A. Yes, it is a dragon, and it is represented in two different variants:

As the dragon curve fractal. It is used for small logos, like the one in this page.

As the mythical creature. Polish artist Monika Zagrobelna created and donated the following beautiful drawing:


Q. Is it a software project exclusively to be developed with the Java programming language ?

A. No, Fōrmulæ is an specification, that can be developed with any programming language. It happens that Java was the language chosen to write the first implementations