Fonts and Compilers
Our fonts determine the characters that we program with. This
relationship limits our ability change information technology.
Characters are indexes to the descriptions of its image representation
stored in a font file. Programming is therefore limited by the
permutations in logic that can be preformed from a array of integers.
The character in itself does not contain any other information. The
display characteristics must come from outside sources.
The font design of the characteristic of upper and lower case
representations by index has forced a limitation on what can be
accomplished with the existing technology. The time wasted due to this
solution I estimate at 3% of all software development efforts.
To improve compilers, the font system has to change. This will relax
the grip on technology at a critical junction. This done from two
directions, first the display of characters is centralized, reducing the
programming effort to handle a common action. Second by having more
information provides knowledge that can be taken advantage by the
compiler, as well as by all other applications.
Programming in five minutes:
The world of software is a large set of five minute programming
efforts. You have a five minute time as you program when you know
exactly the context of the statements you enter. You know thousands of
details about the code, from the relationship to the lines just
preceding, to the testing that is required, to all the possible reasons
for failure. Use these five minute wisely.
I recommend extending the time you spend on the ten to twenty lines
of code to craft them into a finished product. This is the only time you
will have to perfect your product.
"The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore
people, they think it's their fault." -- Henry Kissinger
"Your purpose in life is to find your purpose and give your whole
heart and soul to it." -- Buddha
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of
Congress; but I repeat myself." -- Mark Twain
"The most interesting information comes from children, for they
tell all they know and then stop." -- Mark Twain
Add Fonts to Jane. This are three main reasons for writing a font
system. First, enhance the generation of characters. Second, simplify
the creation of fonts. Third, change our character set.
The character characteristics will be a part of each character. The
only thing defined in the current character is the index into a font
file. I will extend this to include all the other characteristics that
apply to a character.
First, this can be done using existing technologies.
Upper Case will become a characteristic of the character.
A = font index 1, upper case bit = 1
a = font index 1, upper case bit = 0
Here is list of the characteristic to be given to each character
- font index
- not (overhead line)
- background color
Compilers can extend their word classification other than just
upper/lower case sensitivity, and use any of the above cases. For example keywords
are blue, bold words are functions names, underlined words are comments.
We can add a "toggle upper/lower button" to our editors, it is no
different than bold, italic or underline. . We can also add a
"Not button" to place a line over the character.
type* - "A -
Z" an "alphabetic language character " "0-9" a number character.
Punctuation, symbol, Christmas symbol.
The first change to character sets should be to get rid of upper case
characters. An "A" is and "A".
The second change is to move the
control characters to the upper range of the 8 bit number. They are used
less often and would give up 31 positions for an extended character set
in the 7 bit numbering system.
1 - 26 now become a thru z
27 - 89 for foreign characters (63)
90 - 117 for punctuation (27)
118 - 127 now become 0 thru 9
Hard and Soft control characters should be moved to the values above
127 to make room for more language characters. The 31 control
character I might extend to better represent information technology as
well as transport technology.
Soft control characters are the visible representation of the actual
31 control (hard) characters such as line feed and tab.
An A is an A is an A:
The character set numeric values of having only one value solves many
problems. Case sensitive matches are no longer a software solution, but
can be implemented at the hardware level.
Characters will now also contain not just the font index, but all
their display characteristics. This permits greater selection criteria,
not just upper or lower case but every other characteristic such as
color, bold, slant.
Displaying the character:
The display of the character will now include all of the font's
characteristics. This will reduce software development by centralizing