I may not be Hrant, but I definitely think that Boutemene, despite the practical benefits outlined in that paper, is going exactly nowhere. A similar proposal, with less in the way of practical benefits to offer, was made for Hebrew, and despite the dim prospects for peace in the Middle East, the importance of retaining one's cultural roots is something both sides can agree on.Yannis Haralambous said:In this paper, on page 10 you can see a proposal for making Arabic script Latin-like
Strife between the dominant Sinhalese and the Tamil minority in Sri Lanka has made the news in past years. I doubt that a common alphabet would actually do much to address the issues underlying the conflict.Thomas Phinney said:There's Pathum Egoddawatta's Amma, a Sinhala-Tamil hybrid.
Nothing wrong with that.Why not unfetter them from historicism in favor of the needs of living users?
No. But if that someone somewhere was right, then possibly there might be a case. At present, I have to admit I'm not connecting to Hrant's argument that this threatens "the power of type". But that may be for pedantic reasons: as the power of type is an intrinsic property of type, things like this can't make type less powerful, it can only cheapen that power by making it more easily available.Khaled Hosny said:The short-term profit of a few, may cause the long-term loss of many.
So one should reject good (that is also both legal and moral) business opportunity because someone somewhere thinks it might affect their career choices at some unspecified point in the future?
Don't worry, I think co-opting IBM's font identity is the last thing any "budding rival of IBM" that wanted to establish any sort of credibility would want to do.And free to use for any budding rival of IBM...
Oh, I agree. That's why I found this an unusual announcement. Which is also partly why I didn't think of the Google font in connection with this, as that was for interfaces, not documentation and advertising.Gifting third-parties a way to visually mimic/parody/mock you is bad branding.