- Paperback: 1038 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media (October 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596102429
- ISBN-13: 978-0596102425
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fonts & Encodings: From Advanced Typography to Unicode and Everything in Between
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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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This book could very well be the ONLY book you will need on the subject. However, if you are very interested in font encodings, and the more meta subject of layout of glyphs in geometric regions (e.g., within pages or text boxes), then I highly recommend an additional book: "Digital Typography" by Donald Knuth, creator of the TEX typesetting software used almost universally in academia (e.g., Ph.D. theses, research papers, Journal articles, textbooks) for 40+ years! If you are interested in such topics, then these two books will give you many days of pleasurable and informative reading. You might find yourself referring to these books so much that they expand like sponges from the tiny crinkles on the hundreds of pages; that's the proof of enduing value!
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
Appendix C. Postscript Font Formats 635
Appendix D. The Truetype, OpenType, and AAT Font Formats 705
Appendix E. TrueType Instructions 879
Appendix F. METAFONT and its Derivatives 905
Appendix G. Bezier Curves 961
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But it does not deserve 5 stars. Three main problems:
1) it is too thick and often goes in far too many details...Read more