3 Sep 2006 Ankh   » (Master)

House - We need to get the house repainted, but first we have to repair the board and batten siding on the house; I wrote a short note about the process. I hope soon I'll have enough articles about how to do house stuff that I can link them all up together and make something useful.

Open Source - I was at TypeCon in Boston last month, talking with various people about Web font embedding. This week I was on a conference call arranged by Waldo Bastien of the OSDL DTL Technical Board, totalk about fonts for Linux.

Open source operating systems happened largely because programmers used them. In other words, the system had to be one that people wanted to use for programming, so that programmers would naturally gravitate towards it.

Similarly the various Free and open source desktop environments are getting more useable (especially Gnome I think) because of a focus on their (mostly, but not entirely, non-programmer) users.

I'd like to see Linux be a solid platform for the majority of graphic designers. For that to happen, we need quite a few pieces of infrastructure. Some would say we also need a number of applications, such as PhotoShop, InDesign and Quark Express, Illustrator, Freehand, FlightCheck, impositoin softweare, colour management, and of course font management such as Extensis Suitcase. In the open source world most of those applications are replaced by Free (or at least Open) ones, or become facilities provided by the operating system or shared libraries.

For fonts, we need better user-level management, such as the ability to sort and enable/disable fonts by user-defined groups; we need system-level functionality, such as the ability to manage multiple verisons of fonts; we need application and library-level functionality, such as glyph choosers, better support for more scripts and for mixed writing directions, and user interfaces for choosing fonts by script and language, or by glyph coverage.

There's a lot to do, but there are a lot of people interested in making it all work.

Images from old books - I'm up to over 1200 images now, and thinking of spending time on redesigning the site a little, on improving navigation, and especially on improving the metadata to offer more ways to search.

My Web server has, under my home directory, over 76,000 HTML files, so it might take a while to deal with them, even though most (I hope) are generated from XML by scripts, mostly Perl, XSLT or XQuery, or some combination.

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