Re: Terminal Graphics Proposal

From: Frank da Cruz (
Date: Fri Oct 02 1998 - 12:41:04 EDT

Ar Fri, 2 Oct 1998 01:51:01 -0700 (PDT) scríobh Michael Everson:
> ... I hope lots of hardcopy examples will be forwarded to WG2 so that we
> who are not so expert in the field can evaluate it appropriately.
I'll be happy to provide copies of the character set table from all the
relevant manuals. How do I forward them to WG2?

> PS. Yes, I would make TTFs for them if necessary.
What's a TTF? You mean Web-viewable glyph tables like on your website?


- Frank

P.S. By the way, I realize some people find this focus on arcane,
"obsolete", ""legacy"" technology amusing, but it might have certain
unanticipated benefits. For historic or scholarly purposes, the UTC has an
interest in encoding scripts that are no longer in active use; one might
view these glyphs in the same way. I am always amazed by the vigor with
which the history of computing is discarded and wiped out on a continuing
basis. Computing is quite likely to dominate human life from now on; some
day everyone will look around and wonder how it all happened, and nobody
will know. At least now (I hope) we'll be able to publish works --
electronic or otherwise -- in a Unicode font, illustrating how people used
computers in ancient times (the 1970s and 80s), for the continued
amusement of generations to come.

P.P.S. Those interested in preserving the signs and symbols of bygone eras
of computing might also want to take a look at Fred Hoyle's book, The Black
Cloud, circa 1954, which I read a long time ago but don't have any more. As
I recall, it included fragments of computer programs written in the strange
punch-card symbols of the time -- lozenges, etc -- which I dimly recall from
my youthful experiences with IBM EAM equipment. Does anyone have a copy
handy? I wonder if it can be printed in Unicode; perhaps here is fodder for
another fun proposal...

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