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DPWiki Main Page Redesign
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Draft: DP Sans Mono
Attention: The latest, most up-to-date information can be found at the official wiki page for DP Sans Mono. The draft here is kept for archive purposes. [View Draft]
What is DP Sans Mono?
DP Sans Mono is a new font (think of it as a "spiritual successor" to DPCustomMono 2 rather than the latest iteration of the DPCustomMono fonts) designed specifically for Distributed Proofreaders. It was made using FontForge by lvl, based on DejaVu Sans Mono, and was tested by various volunteers (the full list is in the credits section). Among other changes, DP Sans Mono now supports more characters because of the Unicode Rollout and will also be constantly updated as more characters are added to the Unicode Character Suites. It also has more noticeable differences between similar characters.
Why a new name? Why not just call it DPCustomMono3?
DP Sans Mono is a new font. It's not based on DPCustomMono (DPCM), it's based on DejaVu Sans Mono. It also has more support for Unicode characters, unlike the older DPCustomMono fonts which mostly supported Latin-1 characters.
Why base it on DejaVu Sans Mono?
DejaVu Sans Mono was originally going to be the "fallback" for characters DPCustomMono didn't support. However, it had different widths compared to DPCM2 and there was concern that DP'ers in the rounds would be confused. Since DejaVu Sans Mono supported more characters than DPCM2, it was decided to modify a copy of the font (which is permitted under the license) and give it a new name.
How can I switch?
You can switch to DP Sans Mono from your Proofreading Preferences. Click on the "Proofreading" tab, and under "Font Face", select "DP Sans Mono". If you were using DPCustomMono2 your preferences have been updated automatically to the new font.
Why should I use DP Sans Mono?
Like DPCM2, DP Sans Mono is designed by DP'ers for DP. It's a tailor-made font just for proofreading. If you haven't had a try yet, DP Sans Mono (and its spiritual predecessors) have more noticeable differences between similar characters (like O and 0) and hence will help you spot scannos easily. Punctuation like apostrophes, full stops, and commas are also easier to differentiate from each other. DP Sans Mono makes for a more efficient and easier proofreading experience because scannos can be spotted easily and quickly. For a comparison between DP Sans Mono and other fonts, please see here.
Why does it look so ugly, though?
DP Sans Mono and its predecessors aren't meant to look pretty - their main purpose is to facilitate accurate proofreading and enable the quicker discovery of errors and scannos. That's why characters and punctuation marks stand out from each other. If you really don't like DP Sans Mono though, feel free to switch to another font; however be warned that due to the nature of other fonts (they were designed to look nice and consistent for reading and display purposes, not for proofreading), you may end up missing a couple of scannos and find it much harder to find errors in the text you are proofreading.
Can I download it to use on my computer?
Sure! The font comes in a True Font (.ttf) file and can be downloaded from the DP Sans Mono Release Announcements Thread. You should also subscribe to that forum thread so you will be notified of updates and improvements to the font.
I'm using DP Sans Mono on DP. How do I get the latest updates to the font?
Don't fret, since you're using the web font, you will automatically be updated to the latest version of the font as updates to the font are released!
Where can I watch the development process/help work on the new font? Where can I suggest something or file a bug report for the new font?
Check out this forum thread - you will be able to see DP'ers discussing changes to the fonts as well as try and help out with the development of the new font. If you have any feature requests or bug reports, post them in the thread and we should get to you ASAP.
Special thanks to:
- Bitstream Inc. (now owned by MonoType Imaging) for creating the original Bitstream Vera fonts, as well as permitting the modification of the font through the font license.
- The DejaVu Font Project for providing a wider range of supported characters.
- lvl for the creation of the font. This is a particularly amazing achievement as he had no prior knowledge of fonts beforehand!
- srjfoo for helping to compare the two fonts and suggesting changes to make the font more consistent with its predecessors.
- jjz & rfrank for testing and viewing the font during development.
- rpajares, wfarrell, BookBuff, Tony Browne, harrylame, RobertMouris, Stephen Rowland, bunny-crunch, deaurider for suggesting changes to the font.
Distributed Proofreaders, For Libraries and Archives
Hello and welcome to Distributed Proofreaders! The following information is intended for libraries, archives and other institutions who take care of archived print media. As a community dedicated to preserving print media which may be found in a variety of places from an online library, to a second-hand bookstore or in someone's basement, we are constantly on the look for new texts to preserve and release to the world via our partner Project Gutenberg. If you are interested in providing scans of some of your resources or allowing physical access to resources you may have, that is always welcomed and appreciated.
What we do
At Distributed Proofreaders, we don't just scan and upload a book to a website, we meticulously reinstate the text into an eBook format, ensuring it can be enjoyed and accessed by millions around the world for years to come. Unlike sites which simply provide scanned copies of texts, texts preserved by Distributed Proofreaders are migrated word by word into an eBook format, with multiple quality checks and measures to ensure the produced books are free of errors. As an organization which has been operating for 20 years, we have created an efficient process in which quality is of the highest importance. Working closely with Project Gutenberg, we are the main source of texts that are published to Project Gutenberg. Work is divided into rounds, and new volunteers start at the lowest round, P1. The process is as follows:
- A text is selected by a Content Provider and cleared through Project Gutenberg's Copyright Clearance system.
- The text is scanned. If scans can be found online, these are "harvested" (downloaded) using software written by our volunteers. The text is run through OCR software and is then picked up by a Project Manager, who is personally responsible for the preservation of the text. They oversee the text from start to finish and ensure the process happens smoothly.
- The text enters the rounds through a queue-and-release system (to prevent the system from being overwhelmed by an influx of new texts), starting in the proofreading rounds (numbered P1, P2 & P3), and then transitioning to the formatting rounds (F1 & F2).
- The text is then post-processed, and the eBook files are produced.
- The text may then go through Smooth Reading, where volunteers read the texts as if they were reading a regular book. They look for errors in the text and submit a report. Since this stage is optional, not all books will go through Smooth Reading.
- The text goes through post-processing verification, which is a series of final checks to ensure the eBook is good for publishing.
- The text is finally posted to Project Gutenberg and anyone can read and download a copy. Hooray!
How do I get started?
It would be preferable if your institution registered with us - registration is easy. This way, you can contact other members of Distributed Proofreaders if you need to. Feel free to ask several of your staff to register for an account if multiple people are required to access our websites.
There are two ways you could provide us with texts (provided they meet all the requirements):
- You could provide online access to your catalogue so our volunteers can access scanned copies of texts. This is the most common way texts are selected for preservation.
- You could provide physical access to your resources so our volunteers can borrow, scan, and return your books. Note that you will need to find volunteers who live close to where you are located and meet with them to discuss this arrangement.
It's also a good idea to look at the Books we want list - these are all the books we would like to see in Project Gutenberg. If you do happen to have these, then please let someone at Distributed Proofreaders know!