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fontology


fontology


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  fontology  n.  [XEROX  PARC]  The  body  of  knowledge  dealing  with 
  the  construction  and  use  of  new  fonts  (e.g.,  for  window  systems  and 
  typesetting  software).  It  has  been  said  that  fontology  recapitulates 
  file-ogeny. 
 
  [Unfortunately,  this  reference  to  the  embryological  dictum  that 
  "Ontogeny  recapitulates  phylogeny"  is  not  merely  a  joke.  On  the 
  Macintosh,  for  example,  System  7  has  to  go  through  contortions  to 
  compensate  for  an  earlier  design  error  that  created  a  whole  different 
  set  of  abstractions  for  fonts  parallel  to  `files'  and  `folders'  --ESR] 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  fontology 
 
  ({XEROX  PARC})  The  body  of  knowledge  dealing  with  the 
  construction  and  use  of  new  {font}s  (e.g.  for  window  systems 
  and  typesetting  software).  It  has  been  said  that  fontology 
  recapitulates  file-ogeny. 
 
  Unfortunately,  this  reference  to  the  embryological  dictum 
  that  "Ontogeny  recapitulates  phylogeny"  is  not  merely  a  joke. 
  On  the  Macintosh,  for  example,  System  7  has  to  go  through 
  contortions  to  compensate  for  an  earlier  design  error  that 
  created  a  whole  different  set  of  abstractions  for  fonts 
  parallel  to  files"  and  folders"  -  ESR 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (1994-12-01)