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   Re: The problem with typography (with or without flow objects)

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  • From: "Eve L. Maler" <Eve.Maler@east.sun.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 17:31:06 -0400

At 12:57 PM 6/13/00 +0100, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
>David Megginson writes:
>  > Note that the common thread running through these examples is a
>  > sacrifice in quality in exchange for an increase in quantity -- in other
>  > words, a democratization of knowledge.
>and is this regarded as a good thing, then? hands up all those who
>think that the truly amazing amount of information on the web is
>balanced by the utter uselessness and wrongness of most of it :-}

I don't agree that only quantity has increased, nor that "uselessness and 
wrongness" have always been the result.

In my days as a technical editor, we were forced, over and over, to make 
decisions that increased the accuracy and quality of information to the 
detriment of their beauty.  It used to take 4 to 6 weeks to send 
camera-ready copy, get salt prints back, check for (can you be-LEEVE?) 
broken type/orphans/widows, review corrections, blah, blah, blah.  Being 
able to freeze the docs nearer to freezing the code helped our accuracy a 

Eve Maler                                    +1 781 442 3190
Sun Microsystems XML Technology Center    elm @ east.sun.com

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