Extremes

Subject: Extremes
From: "David Downing" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:50:03 -0500


Folks, it seems like, once again, we're arguing two extreme positions
when the truth lies somewhere in the middle. Yes, it's a bad idea to
spend hours and hours anguishing over exactly what font to use while no
content gets produced, but it's also a bad idea to use a font that's
either difficult to read or inappropriate for a given situation.

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Plato [mailto:gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 12:02 PM
Subject: Re: Reporting Structure/Work Model for Documentation Department


"Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- net -dot- au> wrote ...
>
> Very impressive. And yet, when someone posts
> a link to an "insightful" paper examining the limitations
> of font rasterizing engines--a technology that is
> at the core of what most of us do every day
> (i.e., try to make our well written texts work
> efficiently on computer screens)--you dismiss
> it as "fondling."

I consider fonts a relatively unimportant aspect of tech writing.

> If Microsoft agreed that this wasn't worth bothering
> with, they wouldn't be sinking a few million into
> ClearType technology to try to work around the
> limitations described in the article I pointed to. They
> seem to think it important to find a way to deliver high-
> definition text on line. Most people who deliver text for
> a living (as I do) need to have "insight" into the technology
> so they can "use and understand" it. And profit from it.

Microsoft wants to dominate as such they often invest in relatively
arcane
things to have, yet another, way to extract money from people.

Andrew Plato

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