On Fri, Oct 20, 2000 at 09:07:58AM +0930, Adrian Morgan wrote:
> Even companies (Microsoft, Netscape, the lot really) who make HTML
> formatting the default in email are doing the community a disservice, by
> implying that HTML is an established standard for email. It isn't.

Hear, hear! HTML was never intended to be used outside the realm of HTTP
implementations. Even HTML as it is today is IMNSHO a sad mutated deviant
from what it was originally designed to be -- a *logical* markup language.
Nowadays, it has accumulated so many ugly *visual* markup tags that XML
had to come to the rescue to allow one to define logical document
structure. Sad, sad.

But unfortunately, the success of a technology is too often governed by
how well it's marketed, as opposed to its technical merit.

Anyway, enough off-topic rant. Let me get back to conscripting :-)

I've just obtained a copy of the METAFONTBook by Donald Knuth, and... what
shall I say? WoW. It's an entire programming language for constructing
fonts! ... I don't know how to describe it. All I want to say is, it's
perfect for conscripting because it comes with an extremely flexible
system of drawing curves, a simply awesome system of pens that allows you
to do all kinds of fancy strokes, etc. -- the calligrapher's dream.

The downside is, you've got to be a programmer to appreciate (and use!)
it. Good thing I'm a programmer :-)