15 Dec 2005 Ankh   » (Master)

Spent some time once more thinking about fonts and typography in the open source and Free software community. I wrote a little more of an article on the subject and then got distracted again.

It's hard to satisfy the feature needs of professionals with ease of use for others. the About Face book talks about perpetual intermediates being good people to bear in mind when designing software. I'd like to ask for more powerful font choosing software, but most people don't care about fonts enough to want the options. So the right answer is to make more of the font environment "just work".

Also remembered my xml blog which is rather barren right now. I need to say something controversial, such as Linux wears white socks or sort is better than cat because it has more options and then I'd get lots of comments. But then I'd wish I had adverts on my blog :-) Maybe I'll blog about efficient XML, but for now it's about opaqueness and meaning.

The adverts on fromoldbooks.org/ now more than pay for the hosting, plus a sandwich for lunch each day. It's a balance: I don't want them to be too obtrusive, although the Google ads have two advantages over others I've tried: they seem to cause google to index your page more frequently, and they also display relatively interesting information, so I have kept them for now. I also noticed in trying another company that the impressions per day figures were very different: Google said I had many more page hits than the other company. Since I have access to my Web server's logs, Google won out.

TordJ, did you know that cellar door was the phrasse that got Tolkien started down the path of the Elvish language and the Lord of the Rings? He loved the sound of it. So do I, at least when said with an English or Welsh accent: celadaw.

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