Firefox Web Fonts continues

Firefox Web Fonts support continues!

Verse for Cairo

Damn that is smart.

Social Colour Tagging for Free Graphic Design Software

Dear Lazy Web: Years ago I made a feature request for Scribus that was implemented really well as the colour wheel :-) Acts As Kuler is a small free web app for making colour palettes, and Cymbolism and colr and color hunter are non-free web apps for tagging colours with emotive words. It would be good to have a network of free web apps that provide a similar set of data for free graphic design software.

Olly Rouse, Chef

My friend from high school Olly Rouse is doing a startup as a Chef!

Type and Film

Two of my favourite things.

Firefox Has Web Fonts

Web fonts are coming to Firefox!

Firefox Web Fonts

DojoToolkit Smashes EOT Web Fonts With SVG!

Those smart dojotoolkit guys have been thinking about web fonts and come up with some very clever stuff: Web fonts without DRM (that is, without EOT and Flash) and with web standards! :-)

There’s the ‘serious’ demo, and the ‘fun’ demo which I think has A LOT of potential for OFLB, and even an information graphics demo. I guess its not as internationalised as Ed Trager’s stuff, but it might complement them, for example giving charts of charset coverages…

Ninja tekniq straight from the dojo! {drum hat}

Stallman invented Wikipedia

Something not widely recognised that my thesis research turned up is “Stallman invented Wikipedia,” and here’s a video from 1999 showing it:

(The caption at the start says 1996 but this was in fact filmed in 1999.)

There is also an article at gnu.org/encyclopedia/ with full details of Stallman’s idea.

(Original youtube page, and I recommend using youtube-dl to save it.)

Tom Lord on Web Advertisers, the New Secret Police

Tom Lord is a total genius, and his posts over on the FSB list this last week have made me want to throw away my thesis and quit the whole game. His analysis is just so much better than mine ever will be :-)

Here’s a small example:

Chris DiBona, Open Source Programs Manager at Google (nice guy, met him once!), writes:

So I honestly don’t understand where you are going here. You are mixing up auction based ad markets with secret police with license politics with computer storage trends. Care to clarify?

Tom replies:

Auction based ad markets compete among one another in the quality of the demographic computations used in pricing and placing ads. The ad broker gets ahead of his competitor by knowing his ad recipients better, either or both as individuals or in terms of aggregate trends. The ad broker gets ahead by inserting stochastically successful control signals into its ad recipients’ environments.

Therefore, the ad broker is a kind of professional stalker- paparazzi, always collecting data on users and keeping it as trade secret. So rich is this data that we have as a result current struggles regarding government’s rights to copy that data.

Think about that: off of one loading dock the ad broker is selling “social influence” derived by stalking and harassing users; off the other loading dock the ad broker delivers intel to the use-of-force monopolist.

Secret police are in exactly the same business.

So that is how ad markets and secret police relate.

Update: The full thread is available from the FSB archive.

Stephen Fry speaks up for Free Software

Exciting!

(The video is CC-ND)

The Effects of Weak Copyleft

    <p>I&#8217;m trying to wrap my head around embedding, given the <a href="http://typophile.com/node/48971">on-going attempts to make the DRM font format</a> &#8220;Embedded OpenType&#8221; a W3C web standard.</p>

From OFL 1.1:

5) The Font Software, modified or unmodified, in part or in whole, must be distributed entirely under this license, and must not be distributed under any other license. The requirement for fonts to remain under this license does not apply to any document created using the Font Software.

From OFL-FAQ 1.1:

Question: 1.1 Can I use the fonts in any publication, even embedded in the file? Answer: Yes. You may use them like most other fonts, but unlike some fonts you may include an embedded subset of the fonts in your document. Such use does not require you to include this license or other files (listed in OFL condition 2), nor does it require any type of acknowledgement within the publication. Some mention of the font name within the publication information (such as in a colophon) is usually appreciated. If you wish to include the complete font as a separate file, you should distribute the full font package, including all existing acknowledgements, and comply with the OFL conditions. Of course, referencing or embedding an OFL font in any document does not change the license of the document itself. The requirement for fonts to remain under the OFL does not apply to any document created using the fonts and their derivatives. Similarly, creating any kind of graphic using a font under OFL does not make the resulting artwork subject to the OFL.

I wonder, if the fonts do not remain under the OFL, what license are they under?

Suppose I make ‘Gentleman.otf’ and publish it with the OFL1.1 and then someone else makes a document ‘Lady.pdf’ that contains a much improved version of my font, subsetted and embedded into the PDF document. I can technically extract the outline data and perhaps some of program code from the document, but I can’t legally do so - and so I can’t integrate their improvements with my original. Is this so?

Suppose I make ‘Gentleman.otf’ and publish it with the OFL1.1 and then someone else makes a document ‘Lady.html’ that has a @font-face CSS stanza that links to ‘Lady.eot’ - a much improved version of my font, subsetted and DRM locked to that particular web document. I can technically extract the outline data and perhaps some of program code from the document, but I can’t legally do so - and so I can’t integrate their improvements with my original. Is this so?