What sorts of fonts should there be?

For all those fascinated by fonts, and have secretly always wanted to wear their underpants on the outside of their tights, the following uncaptioned video beneath the fold. Let’s just put this down to Geeky Sunday, or whatever, ok?

[This is an uncaptioned video of several minutes about fonts that spoofs conferences, superheroes, and melodrama. Links to original source below.]

Mercilessly stolen from John Wilkins at Evolving Thoughts, who hat-tips in turn..


2 thoughts on “What sorts of fonts should there be?

  1. This is really a request for clarification from Spirit of the Time.

    I thought that an agreement had been reached according to which (1) uncaptioned videos would no longer be posted to the blog and (2) henceforth, images posted would be accompanied by a textual description, where and if this was deemed necessary to convey some pertinent information or content of the image. Am I wrong about this?

    If not, it is very important for contributing bloggers and the administration of the blog to be consistent about this. It is imperative not to merely pay lipservice to notions of “inclusion,” “recognition,” “diversity,” and “accessibility” if accountability to various constituencies is to be achieved and maintained. It’s quite straightforward really, though easy to disregard: if you use uncaptioned videos, you are excluding deaf people from what you consider to be your community. If you use images and representations that are inaccessible to users of screenreaders, you are potentially withholding information from blind people and hence are sending a message according to which communicating that information to them is not a priority. They don’t belong in your circle.

    Hopefully, this does not apply to the What Sorts blog and its modus operandi; however, we must always be live to the fact that disabled people are repeatedly let down by so-called progressive groups which make gestures toward accessibility and inclusion but then do not follow through on these promises (whether implicit or explicit). This usually occurs because accomplishing the aforementioned ideals requires a given group or organization to forgo and/or modify too many of its current practices and standard operating procedures, in short, too much of its own comfort-level.

    Let’s set an example for others by refusing to produce and perpetuate practices that marginalize and exclude. It’s such an arrogant and cavalier way to be in the world.

  2. Short answer to the question in the first paragraph: no (to (1) and yes (to (2). People in the communities most affected by whatever decisions are made here themselves differ on what the best overall policy is, and despite the helpful pointers and suggestions, no one of them (or cluster of them) allow us to achieve all of the desiderata we have in running the blog in the first place.

    Response to the rest: adjustment made, general point taken, and apologies for not executing in a way I myself had intended. (I had earlier saved the post with this in mind, and then even forgot to describe the image, which seems the minimum that we need to do.) We are looking at longer term solutions to the fact that the vast majority of the material on the web on which we draw and to which we appeal in making posts that do strive to appeal to a broad audience, and be inclusive (as a part of how we think about breadth), is neither itself fully accessible nor readily, so far as we can see, adaptable so that it is. These measures include possibly moving the entire blog from WordPress, since some of the limitations seem intrinsic to WordPress. Meanwhile, we’re on stop-gap measures, such as are suggested in (1) and (2) in your comment, about which individuals (from all sectors of our blogging and reading community) will differ. I don’t think this has as much to do with “comfort level” as it does with technical know-how, time, imagination, memory, and personnel resources, all of which are in limited supply, as well as the slightly anarchic character, and collective nature of, the blog.

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