1 Jul 2003 GrahamAsher   » (Journeyer)

This is my first entry for a hell of a long time, I see. Well, I worked for Artifex for two periods of several months with a gap in the middle, ending in April 2003. I eventually finished the GhostScript incremental font loading system and general bridge between GhostScript and FreeType, but unfortunately it is unlikely to become an official part of GhostScript because of difficulties in matching up what GhostScript wants and what FreeType can provide; Artifex eventually put the whole thing aside, and that was the right thing to do. I wasn't working on this full-time, and wasn't able to get familiar enough with GhostScript internals to sort out the problems. GhostScript is very complicated, and entirely C, and makes use of many home-grown conventions; and it has grown like the accretion disk of a nascent galaxy, and over roughly the same timescale.

It was very pleasant working with the Artifex people, especially Raph and Miles. They tolerated my slow progress for a long time ;-)

In my spare time I am working on a new mapping project, CartoType. This isn't open-source, or freeware, or even shareware, but makes use of whatever open-source components it can, like FreeType. I'll be feeding back any fixes and other useful new stuff I discover into the open-source components that I use, so it won't be all take and no give.

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