Links for 2012-05-10

  • FF Chartwell : OpenType font to display charts/graphs using ligatures. ‘Designed by Travis Kochel, FF Chartwell is a typeface for creating simple graphs. Driven by the frustration of creating graphs within design applications and inspired by typefaces such as FF Beowolf and FF PicLig, Travis saw an opportunity to take advantage of OpenType technology to simplify the process. Using OpenType ligatures, strings of numbers are automatically transformed into charts. The data remains in a text box, allowing for easy updates and styling. It’s really easy to use; you just type a simple series of numbers like: ‘10+13+37+40’, turn on Stylistic Alternates or Stylistic Set 1 and a graph is automatically created.’ (via Simon)
    (tags: ligatures via:sboyle fonts hacks charts dataviz ui)

  • McGarr Solicitors’ sternly-worded letter to Newspaper Licencing Ireland Ltd : In response to a letter received by a charity, warning of dire penalties for ‘reproducing copyright content without permission’, since doing so ‘is theft’. It gets better, since in correspondence they were then informed that “a licence is required to link directly to an online article even without uploading any of the content directly onto your own website”. Looking forward to seeing how this one plays out…
    (tags: law ireland scams shakedown copyright nli licensing linking hyperlinks)

  • Goodbye, CouchDB : ‘From most model-using code, using [Percona] MySQL looks exactly the same as using CouchDB did. Except it’s faster, and the DB basically never fails.’
    (tags: couchdb mysql nosql databases storage percona via:peakscale)

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