Posted by Thomas Phinney
I promised a number of folks that I would make my recent presentations at the international typography conference, ATypI, available. So here are my presentations and those of several colleagues from ATypI 2006 Lisbon. What is the ATypI conference? I wrote about it a bit in this post on font conferences.
First, a cautionary note: these are the *slides* from the presentations, usually not including talking points. So many of these will be of most use to people who were there. Also, I will continue to add TypeTech presentations to this post as more come in.
- Character Set Journeys (450K). This was my presentation from the main conference, about the evolution of character sets and how they keep on expanding. The final bit covers some info on Adobe’s SING technology, though that is covered in more detail below.
- CSS-based font menus, Windows Presentation Foundation, and OpenType 1.5 (160K). A pretty dense presentation with enough detail on the slides to be a useful reference. I suggest reading this first, and then digging into the upcoming Microsoft white paper on the subject (not yet available as of this writing). This presentation is not a complete reference on the issue, but it’s a solid introduction.
- Advanced MM theory (300K). Only mildly helpful unless you also saw the presentation – this was accompanied by demos and extensive explanations.
- Is it okay to lie? (in a font) (100K). Just a couple of slides, not very useful unless you were there.
- Intro to SING technology (150K). SING is Adobe’s “next big font thing,” a technology for dynamically extending fonts on the fly. Slides are pretty useful even without the talk track.
- Sweeping overview of OpenType support (3.7 MB) and limitations in applications and operating systems, by Juergen Willrodt. Note that I can’t vouch for the accuracy of every single element of this presentation, though I believe there are few if any errors.
- OpenType feature files (625K). Christopher Slye’s talk on OpenType feature files and some interesting issues that may arise. Moderately useful as a stand-alone piece, but there are a number of bits that you really had to be there for, or where he did a separate demo.
- Adventures in Class Kerning (160K). Miguel Sousa’s take on this perennial issue was a welcome break from having me or Adam Twardoch do it. Miguel mostly focuses on using FontLab, though with some FDK content. The presentation is moderately useful, but there was a lot of demo/explanation that is not captured here.