A quick invitation and a small change

Quick invitation

Deadline January 4 or thereabouts:

Got terms or short phrases that you believe would make great new candidates for a five-year update of the C&I “discursive glossary“? They do need to be terms or short phrases where you think I might have something either worthwhile or amusing to say…

Leave a message, send me email. I can’t promise I’ll use it/them; I can promise I’ll think about it.

Small change

There’s a change in Walt at Random, although you may only notice it if:

  • You’re running Windows Vista (or, I suspect, Office 2007/2008)
  • You’ve flushed the cache recently…

Anyone want to guess what–specifically–the change is? Leave a comment. (Or I’ll come clean in a week or so.)

5 Responses to “A quick invitation and a small change”

  1. CW says:

    Umm, how about bloggers (as opposed to blogs), digital rights management, gaming, lifestream, peer-to-peer, social networking, unconference…

    As for the change, if it’s Vista/Office 2007 specific I can’t see it as I’m still running XP.

  2. Steve Lawson says:

    Of course, I’m not running Windows, but I bet the change is this:

    font-family:Constantia,’Book Antiqua’,Palatino,Serif;

  3. walt says:

    Well yes (looked at the source code, did you?)

    Constantia is one of several new typefaces that either comes with Vista or with Office2007. It’s a handsome serif with one unusual characteristic for digital type: non-lining numerals. (Thus, the 3,4,5,7, and 9 all descend below the baseline, while the 6 and 8 rise higher than other numbers.)

    I think it’s classy and extremely readable. My wife’s using it for the family-genealogy books she’s working on. (I still prefer Berkeley Book for C&I and my books–but the cover typography on the newest books is Constantia.)

  4. laura says:

    I noticed the font was different without looking at the source code, but I’m clever that way. I think I’m looking at the blog now in Book Antiqua, which I like in general but which displays rather poorly in XP/Firefox.

  5. walt says:

    The first typeface choice was Book Antiqua, and that’s now second choice if Constantia isn’t available. Hmm. On my system, with ClearType enabled, Book Antiqua displays very well (and did under XP). Different strokes…