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Simon Cozens

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  • Re: Where is Arabic Italic originating from?

    I'm not convinced by your katakana/hiragana distinction. Using katakana for foreign words is a relatively modern function.

    Both hiragana and katakana evolved from the Man'yogana script of the Man'yoshu, and both initially functioned as syllabic representations of native Japanese words, but they develop ed from different calligraphic styles of Chinese lettering. If anything the distinction was by gender. Hiragana emerged as a simplified form of the full ductus of the character, and was used mainly by women in literature. Katakana was derived from the manyogana syllables not by simplification but by abbreviation (taking a representative part of the kanji) and used mainly by men.

    Either way the foreignness doesn't really come into it.
  • Dafont has been hacked

    This morning I got a notification from haveibeenpwned.com that my credentials at dafont.com have been exposed due to a data breach. Zdnet has the story. If you have a dafont account, please change your password, and if you use that password on other sites too... don't do that.
  • Re: The vinyl records of font formats

    I find Windows Postscript gives a grittier, more bassy outline than the warmer, more natural curves produced by Mac Postscript. You can reproduce some of the warmth by reversing the directions of all the paths, to avoid interference from the computer's power supply frequencies.
  • Re: Is the term ‘foundry’ a proper name for digital companies?

    Etymology is not semantics - infantry does not mean "child soldiers".
  • Secure Fonts

    Tempest is a term in the computer security world for being able to read the contents of (amongst other things) computer screens remotely by looking at the electromagnetic emanations leaking from the monitor. You can essentially build a modified analogue TV which can tune into a computer's monitor and see what the remote user sees. This obviously caused quite a freak-out in security circles when it was discovered.

    The usual way to deal with it is increased mechanical shielding around monitors to reduce the signal emission, but last night I read about a project (PDF) to defend against electromagnetic snooping by modifying the font rendering:




    (I have no larger point here, I just found it fascinating.)