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My Fontself is better than your font

FontselfFor those of you who were at the Lift conference 2008 you might remember of Fontself. Franz Hoffman and Marc Escher, the two founders of the company, were there to offer everyone the opportunity to fill in a grid with their own hand writing, scan it, and use it on the Lift website.

Today, the Fontself team has grown and is celebrating their first release of a product. Together with Netlog, the european online social portal, they are now giving the opportunity to the Netlog community members to send messages, post blog entries or post comments using personalized character fonts.

Congratulation to them, they have been working long and hard for their ideas to come out and I am proud I helped them make their dream come true.

[fontself font=”_9905c72628cf93321a6ce43c146071af09cb7d2339b3b1cfc8eb764ccf6d87ff” size=”30″]And this also gives me some advantages, like being able to use a Fontself font on my own blog and give you a glimpse at what the future of web fonts might be![/fontself]
[fontself font=”_b72139c4df1037c8971033917d5bf684f05f9e33f8b990b9f3fef046823e596a” size=”20″]Among other things, you will appreciate the ability to select, copy and paste the text :P[/fontself]
For now, the feature is only available to the french version of the platform but there is no doubt that it will rapidly extend to the rest of the 35 million Netlog members throughout Europe and that the Fontself team will continue to develop their technology and enhance the web.

If you want to stay informed about Fontself and their technology you can either subscribe to their newsletter, become a friend of their Netlog page, follow them on twitter or keep following this blog…

Image Credits: Fontself

Sidewiki RSS

Sidewiki RSSLast week Google announced Google Sidewiki, a new service that enables anyone to comment on any page.

There has been a lot of comments already about Sidewiki but the thing that instantly stroke me is the fact that there’s no easy way to keep up with what others are saying about your own pages. So I took a look at the Sidewiki API and built the Sidewiki RSS service.

This free service (hope you won’t mind the Google Ads) enables webmasters to get the URL to the recent Sidewiki entries for their pages. There’s even a bookmarklet that you can drop in your browser’s toolbar and use to get the feed of the page you are browsing.

Hope you will like it ;)

Interview with Sean Healy about the DITA-OP

Some time ago I have been contacted by Sean Healy, owner of Wild Bassin Media and editor at the DITA & XML Community of the Rockies, to do an interview about my DITA Open Platform project. Three weeks ago we finally made it and the podcast is now online.

It was my first time but Sean has been very nice to me. In the first part we talk about the history and the future of the DITA-OP and DITA and there will be a second podcast discussing cloud computing and social networks (other things I am currently working on).

Hope you will find it interresting :)

Image Credits: Seven Morris

DITA Open Platform

I am pleased to announce the first milestone of the DITA Open Platform version 1.0.0

This milestone is a test release in order to see if there is interest in the DITA community for what the DITA Open Platform project plans to offer. It is also a mean to collect suggestions and ideas from the community.

The goal of this project is to provide the DITA community with a free and easy-to-deploy DITA oriented production platform. It is targeted at small companies or teams that do not need a complete CMS solution.

This the first open-source project I launch and I hope the DITA community members will find interest in the initiative.