[clug] Apple and ePub

Neill Cox neill.cox at ingenious.com.au
Thu Jun 24 02:36:23 MDT 2010

So if Apple fails to conform to a standard but do so in order to protect us
from bad designers it's OK?  Perhaps we should get them to refuse to allow
Comic Sans in Safari as well?

Note: I am taking it on faith that there is such a thing as an "ePub
specification" and that it "requires that conforming ereaders, like yours
[ie Apple's] purports to be, support font-family". Not that it really
matters to me as I have no intention of ever buying an iPad, or any other
Apple device that cedes control over what programs I may run (or what
languages I may write them in) to Apple.

Actually I'm more concerned about this story:
although I'm hoping this really is just a silly story.


On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM, Alex Satrapa <grail at goldweb.com.au> wrote:

> On 24/06/2010, at 11:32 , Ivan Miljenovic wrote:
> >
> http://www.pigsgourdsandwikis.com/2010/06/apple-kills-fonts-in-ibooks-strikes.html
> In a world where there are thousands of Geocities-quality electronic books
> being published, Apple decided to take a stand. Some people don't like it,
> some will be thankful that their books are actually *readable* now, and the
> rest of us don't give a damn.
> [With the following, protagonist mimics painful blows to the abdomen]
> Geocities! Comic Sans!
> [Dramatic cry of grief, protagonist falls to his knees]
> [Protagonist sobs in grief, collapses into the dirt, lights fade]
> But seriously, that FOSSLC site has some of the worst examples of spite and
> snark I've ever come across. Don't take anything they say seriously. Just
> remember roll your eyes as you say, "oh, you guys! lawl!" (with a dismissive
> wave of the hand, of course).
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