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Ben Blom


Ben Blom
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  • Re: EULAs: No Modifications Clauses.

    Hrant H. Papazian: It’s high time to start concertedly shaming EULAs with a no-mod clause.

    Is this a call for intolerance—by someone who advocates diversity and tolerance? The contents of EULAs are, in the end, a business decision. It doesn’t make sense to draw the shame card for this.

  • Re: Dutch IJ with dots

    it would be worthwhile for the Dutch language community to make the effort to get used to it

    It is silly for someone from outside the Dutch language community, to tell the Dutch how to improve their spelling.

  • Re: I trained a neural network to kern a font (mostly)

    Ben: I’m not sure why you say that this ignores the spacing. The spacing data is there in the sidebearing contours

    Simon, I’m sorry. I didn’t read careful enough.

    If it’s 99% accurate over 160,000 kern pairs that’s still 1,600 mistakes.

    The question is: How bad are those mistakes? If those mistakes are nothing more than a slight deviation from what the kerning should be, then those mistakes are not a real problem. (Perhaps many of those mistakes only concern uncommon pairs.) 

  • Re: Dutch IJ with dots

    Artur, your examples may be more artsy—but, I’m afraid, a little too silly. To your second example, my response would be: Why this desire to connect things? The advantage of an unconnected “fi” ligature in the current context, is that it makes “f” and “i” visually look less connected, instead of more connected. This helps readers to see “ij” and “ie” more as “one thing”.

    So, whenever the design of a font would allow it, an unconnected “fi” ligature would be the best way to ligate the “f” while retaining the identity of “ij” as a letter.

  • Re: Dutch IJ with dots

    To me, “fiets” with ligature, looks weird directly after “fijne” without ligature. It looks inconsistent. I would prefer this:

    Perhaps it looks weird because both “ij” and “ie” represent a single vowel—and with the ligature in “fiets”, half of the vowel is connected with the “f”. In “fiets”, “i” and “e” belong together, not “f” and “i”. Compare with “mies” in the image below.