Three Advances In Screen Typography

Oct 27, 2009

This, just in from Readable Web’s Department of Keeping Track:

New Font Control Features For Designers

The typography Wizards of Moz, Firefox devs Jonathan Kew and John Daggett have been cooking up some ways for web designers to take advantage of the advanced features of OpenType. If you want a peek at what web typography might be looking like not too far down the road, this is one to bookmark. Includes an animated screen demo.

The Importance Of Gabriola

The product of Tiro Typeworks’ designer extraordinaire John Hudson (or “The Buffalo Whisperer” as we call him around here), Gabriola is an advanced and experimental font included by Microsoft in Windows 7.


… includes significant flourishes that push the boundaries of vertical space, display logic, and Cleartype.

Includes a talk-show-like video presentation. So grab some popcorn.
Other info:
1) An announcement and comments on Typophile.
2) A screen shot.
3) A quickie pdf sample.

All of which don’t do it justice. Watch the video, enjoy the popcorn.

Prince, Web To PDF Conversion Software

A pet project of Opera CTO Håkon Wium Lie, Prince is designed to take XML and HTML documents and convert them, smartly, into PDFs. It builds on the existing and huge knowledge base of developers already familiar with Cascading Style Sheets.

Prince can read many XML formats, including XHTML and SVG. Prince formats documents according to style sheets written in CSS.

While I’m still in the process of wrapping my mind around the potential uses for this, I’m excited by the prospect of software that builds a bridge between web design and E-Book design. Web -> EPub -> PDF. If you’re a web dev or E-Book creator, check this one out. Command-line tools and components, too!

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