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International Font Technology Association (IFTA)

On 20 February 2003, 23 people gathered in Heidelberg and decided to create the International Font Technology Association (IFTA) [see also here]. Its goals: (1) To develop and publish standards, industry recommendations, and developer resources. (2) To facilitate cooperation and information exchange between font, tool and software developers. (3) To provide a point of contact between the type business and related standards organisations, e.g., Unicode, World Wide Web consortium. <.....> My comments: It is great to try and come to an agreement on a decent font format. I hope that IFTA has visionary thinkers on its team, not limited by short-term industrial interests or driven by market considerations. There are a few minor bugs right from the start, like the membership fee [not again!] and the mention of "an intellectual property policy" [I fail to see the relationship with font formats]. The board should consist, in equal representation, of software experts, industrial typographers, individual type designers, type users, publishers, brainy visionaries, and type historians. It seems to be initially biased towards type technocrats, but that can all change. In any case, good luck to this worthwhile initiative!

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html