[Clipart] OCAL identified by IBM as resource for Linux migrations
jon at rejon.org
Thu Dec 30 12:53:38 PST 2004
Bryce Harrington wrote:
> On Thu, 30 Dec 2004, Jon Phillips wrote:
>>Well, another point is that our tools might aid an Open Font Library in
>>categorization and dissemination. We have talked about this in the past.
>>Also, what font format would this type of library use? Adobe's Open Type format
>>seems the current king of the font pile. However, SVG Fonts would fit best with
> Yeah, I'm mostly interested in SVG fonts for obvious reasons. ;-)
>>Bryce, DMS would work for an Open Font Library project as well, right?
> In theory, yes, the DMS is designed to be fairly general purpose to
> handle a variety of file formats. It's unfortunately a ways from being
> ready to use though.
>>Man, thinking about this I think eventually our project might become an "Open
>>Media Library" where the sub-projects Clip Art, Fonts, Sounds, Video, Photos.
> That'd be cool. I actually started thinking about the design for DMS
> years ago as part of a game project, where we wanted a system that could
> deliver media content to game players "on the fly", so that sound,
> animation, etc. could be collaboratively designed (i.e., draw your own
> character, write your own theme music, etc.) So some of the underlying
> ideas ought to have some broad usefulness...
>>Anyhow, it is hard to think that way right now, but is good to keep a larger
>>picture in mind. When I present Open Clip Art Library, people usually ask why
>>something so specific. I tell them that it is how Open Source works, and not to
>>mention, a small group needs specific tasks that can be accomplished. For
>>myself, I would like to see the project develop into this larger Open Media Library.
> Agreed, but you're also spot on that we need to focus. For me the card
> effort is a tangible 'scratch to itch' for myself.
> Like you say, though, as we go we probably ought to think about
> expanding the scope little by little. Fonts sound like a good next step
> for us to grow into this year.
Also, I just talked to my girlfriend about this idea. I think that the card idea
might be a good way for us all to make some money on the side if we are
interested in. All the content can be generated for free, but the manufacture
and service of hand tweaking might be a good way to generate some revenue. All
the cards though should be PD. Just a thought...
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