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Paul Miller


Paul Miller
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  • Re: Is There Such a Thing as a Crystal Goblet?

    Lead in glass is disolved in the glass and is held within the crystal matrix, only a very small amount of lead is ever released from the glass, that which was at or very near the surface.  The point of putting lead into glass is that it makes the glass less brittle, more likely to bounce if you drop it rather than shatter.

    I once saw a description somewhere that typography was like a window.  It went something like this as I recall.

    One might think the purpose of a window is to let someone see through it, but some windows purpose is to be looked at.

    A clear plate glass window is there to give an unobstructed view of the outside whereas a stained glass window does not give a good view of the outside world it is there to be looked at.

    Similarly there are fonts designed to convey the message of the writer, their purpose is to disappear, whether it is a sans serif or serif doesn't matter they are designed to be read.

    Then there are advertising fonts, their purpose is not to convey a message, their purpose is to attract attention to themselves.  You would not write a long passage of text in one of these fonts because you know the reader would never get to the end of it.

    They are there to attract attention to themselves, to advertise.

    Part of the art of graphic design is to know which one to use where.

  • Re: What means – Font Info

    As I understand it the Font Info is all the metadata which is stored in the font file.

    The font name, style, weight, version number, foundry name, date of creation, the metrics, embedding restrictions, copyright notice, trademark, description, etc.

    Some of this information is necessary for a computer to be able to use the font and all of it helps to uniquely identify the font.

  • Re: Is there a way to turn outline font into monoline?

    I think what he means is turning a standard font format into a monoline format of the sort used by CNC Engraving Machines.

    In this format open contours are the norm, i.e. contours which do not (necessarily) return to their starting point.

  • Re: Public domain pros and cons

    I like the SIL Open Font License ( which says just about the same as the GNU GPL but in a lot fewer words.

  • Re: Philippine piso symbol U+20B1

    I was going to propose a new structure but then realized the Ruble already uses it...

    Ah, what about this?

    I asked my wife about this symbol (she's a Filippina) and she said it doesn't look like a Philippine Peso symbol, sorry.