Give ’em an inch…


In establishing some rather detailed PowerPoint templates recently (which is quite doable with a decent grid in place, by the way), I came across this rather amazing article on Microsoft’s support site: ‘PPT97: PowerPoint Centimeters Different from Actual Centimeters’. The title says it all really, and unfortunately it’s neither: (a) a joke; or (b) any different in Office 2007.

In classic ‘that’s not a bug, it’s a feature’ mode, the article goes on to say ‘how much simpler the metric grid is in “PowerPoint centimeters” than in actual centimeters’. Or centimetres even. So much for convenient internationalization then, eh – one wonders if Microsoft’s fans at the European Commission might have something to say about this…

Not so smooth


Close-up of ClearType-smoothed text

Discussions of web typography are usually about the frustrating inconsistencies and paucity of decent fonts likely to be available on a user’s machine. But when a client recently made a very sobering comment concerning cross-platform display, I got a rather rude reminder of how easily it is to forget more fundamental issues. Namely, anti-aliasing (or ‘smoothing’ in Microsoft-speak).  More ‣