I must have written my last remotely technical post some months ago 🙂 However, there is one 1995 experiment about which I read only today and about which I wanted to share with others…
A multi-lingual browser for WWW without pre-loaded fonts, Akira Maeda, Takehisa Fujita, Lee Swee Choo, Tetsuo Sakaguchi, Shigeo Sugimoto, Koichi Tabata,In Proceedings of ISDL95, August 1995.
However, as I read through this very short paper today, I can’t resist myself from writing about it. The concept appears interesting for me, as it eliminates the need for pre-loaded fonts on the client system. If this becomes(or did it became?) commercial, I believe, the problems of display, font installation etc will not exist and there will be absolutely no difference in browsing English and non-English sites.
Their idea is simple. They have demonstrated a new prototype called MHTML (Multilingual HTML). Their browser converts a HTML document to MHTML document, which involves in determining the set of characters in the document, assign code to each character, extract a font glyph for each character and reproduce the font on the client side browser. They have also compared this approach with other font-less approaches like – Image mapping and Character to inline map. This approach proved to be a better performer.
Iam somehow very fascinated by this idea and would love to know more on what happened afterwards. God knows how I found this 1995 paper in 2008 and am still fantasizing about it 🙂 I am clueless on “what happened next?”. Anyone…who chanced upon this post and knows about it…please drop a comment.