Monday, February 3, 2014

The origins of Adobe and PostScript

Today, no one will stop to think how the text that shows up in their computer screens is transformed into pixels that make it legible no matter if it's being shown on a large screen TV or a tiny smartphone display. It's one of the many things we take for granted. But in order for it to work, someone had to deal with the not very appealing task of making it happen.

A few decades ago, the mere act of displaying different fonts in different type sizes was a big headache. And considering you'd need to create fonts that could handle different devices, ranging from a low resolution computer screen to the highest DPI high-quality printer, it's no surprise that the "right solution" would become a very big deal. Professor Brailsford from the University of Nottingham tells us the John Warnock and Chuck Geschke, as they setup Adobe and created PostScript.

Two more "genius" that came from Xerox PARC, the place from which we owe so much today, starting with the mouse and the windowed graphical user interfaces we've grown to love so much.

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