Spread it all over your type!… Portfolio Center Alum Joel Richardson and his partner David Hudson have officially unleashed the vr. #1 release of Typebutter, which allows you to set optical kerning for any font on your website. If you’re longing for beautifully laid out text that today’s browsers just don’t provide, this is totally the plug’n just for you!
Yeah, so The Next Web tweeted about me and David’s jQuery plugin (Type Butter) today. No big deal.
— The Next Web (@TheNextWeb)
Oh, and they wrote an article about Type Butter. They mention us, no big deal. Read it here.
Another beautiful new script from the master.
A work friend and I have begun developing a jQuery plugin that searches for over 500 letter combinations to apply kerning on a page or part of a web page as soon as it loads.
This is great, because, until now, you could only apply letter-spacing with CSS. One look around the web, from a type nerd, and you see kerning issues everywhere.
It isn’t perfect, yet. But over the next couple of weeks we’ll be nurturing our little project to make sure it becomes perfectly handy little tool it needs to be.
Check out TypeButter.com and I’ll keep you posted as the plugin improves.
Around 1916, I decided to apply myself to the study of Oriental literature. As I was reading with credulous enthusiasm the English translation of the great Chinese philosopher, I came upon this memorable passage: “It matters little to a convict under a death sentence if he has to walk on the edge of a precipice; he has already given up learning.” To that phrase, the translator had appended a footnote, and indicated that his interpretation was to be preferred to that of a rival sinologist who had translated the same line this way: “The servants destroy the works of art so as not to have to adjudicate on their merits and defects.”
At that point … I did not read any further. A mysterious skepticism had crept into my soul.
- Jorge Luis Borges