Why the TrueType hinting patent expiration matters

A while back we put a lot of effort into implementing some of the hinting technology in the TrueType specification. This system effectively uses small programs in a stack based environment to manipulate the set of points which define the contours of a glyph. Up until recently, some of the instructions available in the language…

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Oracle and Java

We always felt that things needed to change in the Java world so have been keenly waiting to see what Oracle would do with Java… Well we got our first clues, last week with a letter from Oracle. Sent by express Fedex from California, the good news is that Oracle clearly has money to spend…

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Don’t blame the PDF file format

I see a lot of complaints about the PDF file format on various forums, moaning about it. They tend to focus mainly on 2 issues:- 1. The PDF file format is complicated. 2. Extraction, especially of text, is not always straight-forward. Both of these, I think, are essentially unfair. PDF arose out of Postscript and…

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