Recommended: Standard Ebooks. They’re doing the same kind of thing I’ve done — making nice EPUB/Kindle editions of Project Gutenberg (though my efforts have of course been at a much smaller scale, and far more sporadic). Even better, Standard Ebooks has good typography standards and they’re proofing the books against original scans. This is a good project.
I enjoyed Simon Cozens’ talk The Journey of a Word: How Text Ends up on a Page. It’s a good explanation of the overall process of how text works: the input text stream, fonts, shaping, language support, line breaking, and PDF generation. Lots of good stuff.
Dodecaglotta is a lovely polyglot Bible in progress — Latin, Greek, Church Slavonic, Syriac, Coptic, Ethiopic, Armenian, Old Georgian, German, English, Dutch, and French. The custom typeface looks very nice as well.
For a while now I’ve used
option-0 on OS X to type a degree symbol, primarily for tweets about how blasted cold this winter has been. But I’ve accidentally transgressed. That symbol (º) is not in fact a degree symbol, though it sure looks a lot like one. It’s actually an ordinal indicator. Sayonara to my typographic street cred…
To get the real degree symbol (°), type
option-shift-8 instead. Now if only I could go back and edit all those tweets… (I blame iOS, where holding down the
0 key does in fact get you a degree symbol.)