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Handwritten Web-Pages

Posted 02-13-2021 at 06:28 AM by Michael Uplawski
Updated 01-05-2024 at 04:20 AM by Michael Uplawski (Updates and a comprehensive Howto in English (manuscript))

update 2024-01-05, new URL:
Manuscript: A Howto for the transformation of handwritten text to Hypertext in Inkscape


I have a dream...

My hand-writing suffers from not doing any. For some years already I try to compensate by forcing me to use a fountain pen, whenever possible. I even try to find new occasions to use it. The fountain pen obliges me to concentrate and to obey. My texts are more readable, since, but the process is too slow and cumbersome. I still cannot write whole documents without having to admit that some words are unintelligible and the whole result is rather ugly.

Here is my very first attempt to publish a hand-written Web-page. It is my “Web-Fonts” blog-entry, written with a broader pen on ordinary white paper, scanned and vectorized in Inkscape.

Having separated the resulting curves, I can now manipulate words as if they were selected in a text-processor. The SVG-format allows hyperlinks and so... what..? .

Web-Fonts - Don't let them get you
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    This is wild. Does every scan require unique optimization or are there presets you can save once and apply many times? I'm thinking about things like reducing the number of nodes for every curve for example.
    Posted 07-28-2022 at 06:05 AM by ychaouche ychaouche is offline
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    Originally Posted by ychaouche View Comment
    This is wild. Does every scan require unique optimization or are there presets you can save once and apply many times? I'm thinking about things like reducing the number of nodes for every curve for example.
    You are putting the right questions. Not just the right *kind* of question.
    I have inquired about automation somewhere else but gain the impression that automating SVG-manipulations is not yet something that many people think about. The Inkscape developers are as engaged as they probably should be and the discussions on ... git(hub|lab) ... are usually enlightening.

    But for the time, I venture that you have to program the necessary routines yourself.
    My own endeavor to render links on fine-lined objects more comfortable to click, has not advanced.

    What it needs to automate SVG editing is knowledge of XML. Most programming environments offer routines for standard-tasks and even libraries. Those know – however – nothing about SVG paths and stuff...

    I am perplex myself. SVG is officially cool and widely used. A paradox.

    Grouping of tasks and batch-routines would be one solution to many problems. AFAIS, Inkscape will not be able to this in the near future.
    Posted 11-26-2022 at 05:55 AM by Michael Uplawski Michael Uplawski is offline
    Updated 11-26-2022 at 06:00 AM by Michael Uplawski
 

  



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