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About the Author
Yannis Haralambous is the founder of Atelier Fluxus Virus, a company specializing in the high-quality typesetting of books with specific requirements, such as dictionaries and critical editions. Since 2001 he has taught computer science at ENST Bretagne, in Brest (Brittany, France).
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If you are a developer or user of fonts and want to learn more about the history of how difficult and non-trivial even the most basic characters were to get on your browser window, this book is for you. If you need this pertinent information and are in the business of creating fonts yourself, this book is for you. If you are just interested in the topic of one of the most basic computer technologies, this book is (you guessed it) for you!!!
With 14 chapters and 6 appendices, this book truly puts the U in Unicode and is a must read for anyone that wants to learn more about this exciting topic!!
***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
1. Before Unicode 27
2. Characters, glyphs, bytes: An introduction to Unicode 53
3. Properties of Unicode characters 95
4. Normalization, bidirectionality, and East Asian characters 127
5. Using unicode 159
6. Font management on the Macintosh 187
7. Font management under Windows 209
8. Font management under X Windows 221
9. Fonts in TEX, their installation and use 235
10. Fonts and web pages 315
11. History and Classification of Latin Typefaces 367
12. Editing and Creating Fonts 442
13. Optimizing a rasterization 505
14. Enriching Fonts: Advanced Typography 549
Appendix A. Bitmap Font Formats 599
Appendix B. TEX Font Formats 623
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This is not a book just for the web developer or the typesetter. Nor it is for the graphic designer or for the software programmer. This is also a book for everyone interested in how computers work, in how data is converted into a graphical interpretation readable by humans.
Being a graphic designer and publisher for 30 years and a web designer and programmer for the last 10, I really enjoyed the history section, which transported me to those days when personal computers did not even exist and typography had to be hand-made as well as its continuous evolution to get the state as we know it now: Fonts & Encodings.
The way this book is structured make the novice readers find the subject of interest without having to go into the complicated technical stuff, while making the techs and versed find and easily understand the most complicated issues regarding the topic.
Special credits to P. Scott Horne for a so brilliant translation. Those who speak several languages will agree with me on how difficult is to translate a book mostly technical without getting lost in translation.
Daniel Ajzen "WEBstationONE" (San Diego, CA, USA)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I doubt I will ever read this book cover to cover. However, I am sure I will look things up in it on many occasions. Read morePublished on December 16, 2008 by David Walden
On page 29 the author claims that ASCII was adopted "a few months after the assasination of President Kennedy" on June 17, 1963. Read morePublished on December 12, 2008 by Weston Buckhorn
I've read and reread this book a number of times. It is now dogged eared, book marked, and tagged more than any other book in my library. Read morePublished on December 7, 2008 by Reid Bundonis