OT: Adobe and the "Font Wars"

Subject: OT: Adobe and the "Font Wars"
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 10:35:15 -0700

Many of you may remember the former *InfoWorld* gossip columnist, Robert X.
Cringely, and his book *Accidental Empires*, recently republished in serial
format by way of his website. In view of of all of the back and forth
regarding FrameMaker and Adobe's (lack of) attention to this product, I
present a link to one pertinent installment entitled "Font Wars".


I've been mixed up in all of this pretty much from the beginning, having
initially been faced with the choice between Ventura Publisher running with
the GEM UI, and the brand-new Aldus PageMaker 1.0a with Windows Runtime. I
initially went with VP, built immediately returned it and went with
PageMaker. Operating in 100% bleeding edge mode at the time and running on
an AST Premium 286, I had one of the first QMS laser printers with built-in
PostScript fonts and a flatbed scanner that performed OCR.

After nabbing a "Desktop Publishing" cover story with *Cadence* magazine (a
trade rag aimed at the AutoCAD crowd), a few years later I was mixing it up
with Brian *Windows Secrets* Livingston and a whole crew of Ziff-Davis

All the while, I had no idea I'd end up as a technical writer for numerous
outfits, including a three-year stint at HP during the Carly Fiorina rein.

> Chris
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