Can anyone into Libre Fonts attend Open Translation Tools 2009?

Open Translation Tools 2009 will be held in Amsterdam, Holland from 22-24 June, 2009.

It will run alongside an Open Translation Book Sprint to produce a free book about the tools and best practices of Open Translation, with

In 2007 I and Alex Prokoudine attended the wonderful Open Translation Tools event in Croatia, and my flights and hotel were paid for by the Open Society Institute, and I believe that there will be a similar bursary for people to attend this year.

I cannot make it however, since it will be a couple of weeks before my big MA Typeface Design deadline, and I’m going to LGM.

But, the topic of libre fonts was welcomed by the organisers and proved interesting to all the other participants, and so I hope someone from the Open Font Library or Deja Vu projects can attend.

I’d like people at OTT09 to know about @font-face and what it means for minority languages, and for them to tell the libre fons community what is bugging them about the fonts they have to use (or don’t have available yet.) And also, what is bugging them about the way other tools use fonts - such as the font selection/management features. has all the details, and there is a mailing list too.

Swine Flu in North America

Mish reports that Swine Flu has gone to ‘emergency’ status, while Mike Ruppert suggests this will be the first wave of peak oil die off.

And I’m off to North America in a few weeks. Great. Although Monreal is the opposite side to the Mexican coastline, the New York connection is not good.

Web fonts starts bubbling merrily: “Fuck the foundries”

Mark Pilgrim is an important software freedom advocate, famous for his blog posts about switching from Mac OS X to GNU/Linux (nb Gruber’s reply) and from MovableType to WordPress. So I’m happy to see him championing web fonts, since this little feature of CSS3 that is going to ship in all major browsers this year hasn’t got enough press I think.

Although his manner is a little obnoxious:


That post goes with aListApart interview with David Berlow, who has been out in the wilderness talking about “optically scaled” web fonts (and web font DRM…) for years, and Tal Leming’s reply to Mark (Tal is one of the Robofab geniuses). His comment about the secrecy in the W3C Fonts group is something I strongly agree is problematic.

I made tonnes of notes for this overall topic during the research of my dissertation, but didn’t include a section in the final text. I’ll be tidying it up and adding this topic as the 4th final chapter, and publishing it as a book after I graduate.

I also posted some stuff about all this last year on the Open Font Library wiki - such as the EOT page section “What might happen in the future?” - but all that needs updating.

The new Open Font Library will go live very soon, I hope, and add some positive action to the web fonts discourse. There’s a discussion on the OFLB list about this.

Mike Ruppert’s Energy Policy Book: May 1st

Mike Ruppert’s new book, “A Presidential Energy Policy,” is out on May 1st.

This will be followed by a new documentary about his work from the guys who did The Yes Men, which was good: Collapse

Why Mac Computer Systems Reduce Creativity and Inhibit Quality Improvement of Novel Innovative Design

I’ve been enjoying the PHD-DESIGN mailing list run by JISC lately, and Terry Love just made a cracking post in the thread about intuition in design, which which he linked to a paper of his:

“Why Mac Computer Systems Reduce Creativity and Inhibit Quality Improvement of Novel Innovative Design”

Wonderful stuff :-)

I made a little post there in that thread too, which I’ll make into a future blog post.