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Re: Welcome, and introductions

From: Erik van Blokland <erik@letterror.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 21:07:46 +0200
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To: public-webfonts-wg@w3.org
Hi all, 

I'm Erik van Blokland. I'm here because I've co-authored the WOFF specification with Tal Leming and Jonathan Kew. I hope to be able to contribute to the next step in the process.

Running up to this workgroup, Tal and I have been able to drum considerable support for the WOFF format from foundries and type designers. FontShop International is now offering fonts in WOFF format and several other major foundries are close. I think it is important that webfonts can be validated independently from any browser implementation.

I am a type designer, I have released typefaces at FontFont [1], recently with House Industries [2]. Some of my fonts live at my own foundry has been around since 1989 [3]. I've been a member of the FontShop International typeboard since 1995. 

I've been involved in the development of type tools RoboFog (with Petr van Blokland and Just van Rossum), RoboFab (with Tal Leming, Just van Rossum and others) [4] and Superpolator.[5]

I'm a senior lecturer at the TypeMedia Master course in type design and typography of the Royal Academy in The Hague. [7] Together with TypeMedia colleague Paul van der Laan and the Royal Academy I have organised several conferences on type tools and programming for type design, the Robothons. [8]

Tal and I work on the Unified Font Object specification, a format for storing font source material [6] in a documented future proof, non-appication specific way. A growing  number of applications and typetools now support UFO. 

I live in The Hague, which is near Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Centrai European Time. Usually 6 hours ahead of the US Eastern Standard Time. 

[1] http://www.fontshop.com/search/?q=web+fonts, http://trixiefont.com/
[2] http://eames.houseind.com/
[3] http://letterror.com
[4] http://robofab.org
[5] http://superpolator.com
[6] http://unifiedfontobject.org
[7] http://typemedia.org, http://ilovetypography.com/2008/08/22/type-and-media-masters-course-the-hague/
[8] http://letterror.blip.tv/
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