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Web application developer well versed in Javascript, PHP, MySQL, Debian GNU/Linux, and stuff.

Creator of the Neon Javascript framework.


Aug
30
comment What are the fonts used for this WWII Jolly Roger sign?
Hey, Marcel Lasaj's suggestion of Legothic URW for the bottom font is even better than mine.
Aug
29
comment Why all the hate? --Two spaces after the period
We were taught to place two spaces after a full stop in Australia, when learning on typewriters, and IIRC this is something we got from the U.K. As far as I knew this is not a particularly American phenomenon. I was of the understanding at the time that the opposite was true - that the U.S. were the first, and loudest, opponents of the two-spaces practice.
Aug
29
comment what is the largest glyph width in Arial?
Ok, that's weird, I don't get what the point of your comments is. You were the one that brought up accent height, I pointed out you were wrong about it, and yet you criticize me for talking about accent height because it's irrelevant? Also, you were wrong about the widest character being the em dash in Arial, but you are still defending your answer because it may be correct for some other fonts (hint: it usually isn't, and at any rate this question was about Arial). I just don't see what you have to gain from those comments.
Aug
27
comment what is the largest glyph width in Arial?
That's a naive view of typefaces and doesn't apply to modern fonts. In modern fonts it's almost universal for there to be capital letters with accents above them, which are taller than the ascender on the f, and it's commonplace for there to be characters wider than an em space, especially when including things like ligatures and, as pointed out elsewhere, characters like ‱ (per ten thousand sign, nicknamed "basis points" in economics).
Aug
27
comment Lorem ipsum equivalent for Spanish, Polish and other languages?
I'd describe it more as "scrambled" than "truncated". The first sentence "lorem ipsum dolor sit amet..." is a mostly intelligible part of a Latin phrase except it is missing context, but from then on it is mostly jumbled words that aren't intelligible at all, apart from being jumbled from Latin texts.
Aug
26
revised Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
added 161 characters in body
Aug
26
answered Is there a free 'Helvetica Neue' alternative?
Aug
26
comment What are the fonts used for this WWII Jolly Roger sign?
Wow that Legothic URW is a good find - very good match, even the lowercase "e". Only slight differences like the "R" tail and the "W" middle stroke.
Aug
23
revised What are the fonts used for this WWII Jolly Roger sign?
added 258 characters in body
Aug
23
answered What are the fonts used for this WWII Jolly Roger sign?
Aug
23
comment Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites
The problem with using English text as filler, and the reason that Lorem Ipsum was created, is that people may actually start reading the text instead of just looking at its design, layout and typographical choices. Lorem Ipsum is designed to prevent people attempting to read the text. That said, both have their uses. Alice in Wonderland (or similar) is great for testing the readability of a particular font, a situation that does call for people to attempt to read the text.
Aug
23
answered Alternative to Lorem Ipsum (dummy text) for websites
Aug
13
revised Which RGB profile should I use for my JPG file?
deleted 5 characters in body
Aug
13
comment What design trend led to movie trailers displaying the title at the top of the screen?
When it comes to something new like social media, they'll all be falling over themselves trying to figure out ways of exploiting it, some which will seem strange and out of touch with reality - as in point 2 in this answer - and you'll see them copy each other too.
Aug
13
comment What design trend led to movie trailers displaying the title at the top of the screen?
I like this answer. In the world of advertising there are prophets that come up with "brilliant" new "ideas" for the "magic" recipe every day. This will be just one of those people's brilliant ideas that a few people in the industry will be following. It'll either run its course or it'll stick around. Movie promotion tends to be highly formulaic anyway. Basically every movie trailer within a genre has the same plot, same themes regardless of the movie. Movie advertising is less about creativity and more about following known formulas.
Aug
12
answered Yahoo's second day font
Aug
12
comment Yahoo's second day font
Among professional script fonts it's relatively common to make extensive use of opentype features such as contextual alternates in order to change the appearance of a character based on the character before or after it. That said, I haven't found a conclusive match yet. I think it (the day 2 logo) would make a good logo for Yahoo, by the way.
Aug
12
comment Can you help me identify the font used in this text that says “EXPERT WITNESS”?
Pretty sure that's it - the capital "R" of Helvetica is pretty characteristic. If it's not Helvetica, it's something trying very hard to be Helvetica. It may be a slightly heavier weight than this though.
Aug
12
answered How do I work with a logo that has what seems like too many colors?
Aug
10
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