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John Savard


John Savard
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  • Re: Plex; IBM's new font identity model

    Exactly. So let's stick to common sense: virtually everybody likes to save money; and most people have trouble telling apart TNR and Georgia. Now work from there.
    The conclusion to be drawn from the situation you cite is obvious.

    The market for paid fonts will largely evaporate once somebody makes a free clone of either Times, Century Expanded, or Baskerville, and then once that happens, additional free fonts will have little or no effect.

    Irony aside, that is sort of like what actually happened: Bitstream nuked the paid font market, but there has been no noticeable additional impact from Google Fonts.
  • Re: The beginning of the end

    I don't see anything in there about a change in the price of the font licenses.

    I'll grant you that an increase in convenience will make some difference. But compared to

    a) Google Fonts, and

    b) all those Bitstream look-alikes to the most popular well-established typefaces available cheaply with Corel software,

    this seems to be a relatively small threat to the type design field.
  • Re: Early forms of Cyrillic Р/р

    I would not wish the Russian people to have suffered after the fall of the Soviet Union as the German people suffered after the fall of the Third Reich. But it is no more admissible for Russians to harbor illusions about the Soviet Union or romanticize it, or support any military adventures by their nation in defiance of the world's democracies, than it would be for Germans to behave similarly.

    Yeltsin pointed Russia in the direction that made Russia a force for world peace and world freedom; that is not a disaster. Had he similar successors, the deaths of so many innocent people in Georgia and the Ukraine would not have happened.

    And, as to Japan, the discrimination suffered by the people there of Korean descent is a problem. Not a lack of national pride by the Japanese, who, astonishingly, enjoy a higher per capita income than, say, the people of South Korea and the Philippines.
  • Re: Council for German Orthography officially allows use of u+1E9E

    Here is another illustration of the sort of thing I propose:

    For the upper case, SS and SZ, as ligatures or even as logograms, like the Dutch IJ. For the lower case, the Antiqua ſs and ſz or ſʒ ligatures, basically the ancestor of the Sulzbach form and the Fraktur form... so that not only is there a form for the uppercase eszett, but as well the issue created by applying the Heyes s-rule to Antiqua faces instead of Fraktur faces of having the letter s three times in a row is solved.

  • Re: Units per em

    Given that 18 units per em was good enough for Monotype, on the one hand no doubt 1000 units per em is enough, but on the other hand, a number of units that is a multiple of 18 would provide compatibility.