20 March 2008

The Ministry of Type

The Ministry of Type: Quote/Unquote

The Mac is not a typewriter

One of the mistakes of the Macintosh (and MacWrite and Microsoft Word): It gave people typographic tools without training them to be typographers. What should’ve happened:

1. The applications should have taken up more of the slack. They should have had many of the rules of good typography built-in. (e.g. hanging punctuation, orphan elimination)

2. There was virtually no serious effort to educate users about the differences between the typewriters or word processors they were used to using and the Mac, MacWrite, and Microsoft Word. There was the book referenced above, but you shouldn’t have had to seek out and buy a separate book to learn how to properly use your ground-breaking computer and its applications.

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