Naming convention for inverted style

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Jun 02, 2008 Jun 02, 2008

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Hello,

I have created a custom font containing glyphs identical to the LCD display of a machine, that is every character consists of a number of squares.

Now the customer wants that font inverted, so all the invisible "off" pixels of each character should be on and vice versa. This cannot be done using traditional character styles.

My question: Is there a naming convention for such a variant?

Thanks,

- Michael

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 02, 2008 Jun 02, 2008

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White on a black background is most often described as "Reverse" or
"Reversed".

There are no standards as such, and different foundries might use
different conventions.

I hope that your customer doesn't expect to use this reversed font on
black paper, expecting the font to appear white!

- Herb

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Explorer ,
Jun 02, 2008 Jun 02, 2008

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Reverse, reversed, negative...I don't think there is a "standard" here.<br />>I hope that your customer doesn't expect to use this reversed font on <br />black paper, expecting the font to appear white!<br /><br /><lol><br /><br />Neil

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Jun 02, 2008 Jun 02, 2008

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Thanks,

the basis is a matrix font and a reversed blinking character tells the user the current cursor position. So instead of white on black paper, what they really want to show in their user guides is the blinking cursor. How do I handle this...? ;-)

Since "Negative" somehow implies white on black (and sounds negative), I will suggest "Reverse".

- Michael

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2008 Jun 03, 2008

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re: .. what they really want to show in their user guides is the
blinking cursor. How do I handle this...

That's a function of the program and/or operating environment that
you're using to create the application, and has little or nothing to
do with the font or typography in general. I'm sure that the method
would be different depending on whether you're using Java, Perl, HTML,
PL/I, Mac, Windows, whether it's web-based or stand-alone, etc. etc. etc.

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Participant ,
Jun 03, 2008 Jun 03, 2008

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> How do I handle this...?

Talk them out of it. There is a situation where realism is taken too far. The character is not going to blink (at least not on normal paper printouts) so there is no need to reverse it.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2008 Jun 03, 2008

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Don -

I guess we need a new retronym (like "wired phone") ... "inked paper
printout".

To distinguish it from current technology such as Sony's or Fujitso's
e-book reader. Or next month's electronic display fabrics that will be
paper-thin. All of which CAN blink :)

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Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2008 Jun 03, 2008

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I think that a reversed glyph would be fine in this case, if there is a real need to show the cursor position.

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Participant ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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Herb

I have heard about the e-paper products, which is why I said "normal" paper.

Sometimes I think I want them to stop the world and let me get off for a while.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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Don - At heart you're just a Luddite. Welcome to the club!

Yesterday I saw something that was very distracting and disturbing. A
truck driving in front of me had variable advertising on the back.
Physically it was just a roll of paper that rolled to a new ad/poster
every few seconds. But I was thinking about when (not if) it would be
an electronic lcd display, and when PEOPLE would be wearing e-fabric
and having advertising displayed on their backs. No more simple Tommy
Hilfinger logo.

Is there room for one more at that bus stop where you're getting off?

- Herb

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Explorer ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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Herb,
>A truck driving in front of me had variable advertising on the back.

Now THAT should be illegal. It is a dangerous distraction to drivers behind.

Neil

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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Neil -

re: Illegalize

From your mouth to Schwarzeneger's ears.

We've got enough distractions on the road. Including super-bright
highly animated billboards.

I think the truck was some mobile communications or cell phone company ..

but we're a bit off-topic :)

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Explorer ,
Jun 05, 2008 Jun 05, 2008

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LATEST
>I think the truck was some mobile communications

MIScommunications!

===

We return now to our regularly scheduled topic.

Neil

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