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ATypI 08 St Petersburg

Sessions by theme

Starts at 09:30, 17 September 2008,
at Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

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David Březina
General issues of multi-script typography

Saturday 20 September | 11:40 – 12:30 | Session A10 in Palace A

An overview of the most common typographic issues in publications which involve two or more scripts with a horizontal reading direction (e.g. Latin, Indic, Arabic, Hebrew, etc.). The talk aims to explain the problems systematically from a partially-objective point of view and show some of the possible solutions. Theme: World | 50 minutes

J. Victor Gaultney
Fonts for every language
New types for cultural treasures

Sunday 21 September | 10:40 – 11:30 | Session B15 in Palace B

People around the world speak over 6000 languages, and millions of them have no way to type their language on a computer. There are no adequate fonts for their writing system. Centuries-old languages face possible extinction. But that is changing. A growing number of individuals and groups are coming together to provide solutions. This talk will illustrate the breadth and variety of writing systems around the world, the problems faced in supporting them, and some of the exciting initiatives that are in motion to address this very great need: the Open Font License, Graphite, the OLPC and ScriptSource. Theme: World | 50 minutes