[XeTeX] The future of XeTeX

Ulrike Fischer news3 at nililand.de
Wed Aug 1 15:43:59 CEST 2012

Am Wed, 1 Aug 2012 11:58:31 +0100 schrieb Philip TAYLOR:

>> Well you only confirm my impression: That quite a lot of scripts
>> never felt the pressure put on us by the movable type printing.
> Is that not good ?  Would Chinese calligraphy look anywhere near
> as beautiful if its glyph forms had been forcibly coerced into
> meeting the constraints imposed by movable type printing ?

Sure, but people who not only want to look at glyphs and admire
their beauty but also use them to communicate through print,
websites, mail, twitter, sms ... musst accept that technical
restrictions and problems musst be taken into accout too. 

Scripts have always been shaped by the material (you only need to
look at Cuneiform). And when you switch the material and tool used
to write e.g. from clay to paper or to computer this will always
have an impact back on the script. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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