March 2nd, 2007


  • This is gross (from Robert Synnott)
  • I got mentioned in the acknowledgements of Cyrus Harmon's PhD thesis. That's a first for me.
  • I found a bug in gnutls-cli and reported it and it will be fixed in the next release, I think. The bug is that it gets user input via fgets, so only complete lines of input will be relayed over the secure connection. This is problematic with e.g. a HTTP POST request that doesn't terminate with a newline.
  • There is a bug in the latest xterm that manifests itself by failing to display bold text as bold. It doesn't happen immediately; some unknown event triggers it after some time of activity. I don't know what causes it. I wish I could find the source to xterm-215.
  • I have been using Neil W. Van Dyke's erin twiki mode for editing some TWiki pages. But I went one step further and put together some Emacs glue that fetches the TWiki page off the server and posts it back to the TWiki when finished editing. Cutting and pasting from web forms to emacs and back is a drag. (This is how I encountered the bug in gnutls-cli.)

That is all.

font of the week: interstate

Whenever I learn the name of a font, I start to see it everywhere. Case in point: Interstate.

Interstate is a very nice, readable font. It looks pretty good for headlines and isn't bad for body text either. The full family has a wide variety of weights and it's not hard to find a suitable version for your purposes.

It's inspired by the font used for U.S. interstate highway signs. The sign font is actually "FHWA Highway Gothic" in various series, but as far as I can tell it's not widely available. Mike the Actuary has made some nice fonts inspired by the Highway Gothic fonts called Roadgeek Fonts.

The official Highway Gothic fonts are actually being retired for a new font called Clearview. The designers of that font sell a version of it called ClearviewHwy. Hey, that's a nice font too...


Hannaford has recently started using Interstate for a lot its published material. That's a good thing, because for a long time it was using Verdana, which I hate and is boring.

The Weather Channel has used Interstate for a long time. The onscreen graphics look very nice with this font. I think their logo uses Clearview. Good for you, The Weather Channel, for sticking with the highway font theme.

Achewood uses Interstate for speech bubbles and some titles.

The Bangor Daily News uses Interstate for many titles and all photo captions.

The titles and other sans-serify type in Downeast Magazine are Interstate.

How to spot it

The tail of lowercase "g" is an easy indicator. It looks like it tried to form a hook, but just couldn't make it all the way.

Another dead giveaway is that many ascenders and descenders have sharply angled tops or bottoms.

After a while, you just look at it and it yells "Interstate!" at you.