Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge
On Thu, Apr 29, 2004 at 12:11:03AM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> But for a font, the ability to tweak the bitmap might well be, because
> there is nothing more to a rendered font than the bitmap; for a
> binary program, there is a logical structure to the instructions which
> it is exceedingly difficult to change without the higher level
> language from which it was generated.
The value with most modern fonts is *not* the bitmap (and they aren't
bitmaps any more, but a set of vectors) but the manual, automatic
"programs" that provide the hints. There are actual programs in
TrueType fonts, you know. They may be rather simple programs, but so
are are most firmware when compared with the full Linux kernel.
Other folks have also pointed out that with many logos --- including
the Linux penguin logo, it's not just the bitmap, but the multiple
layers that were used in gimp that are really the true "source".