Hamilton--A Few Holiday Wishes
The second aspect concerning fonts is the important one: the legal issues concerning intellectual property. It seems that we keep going around in circles, as people keep complaining that the existing law is completely counter-productive and that they should be allowed to embed and supply fonts at will.
Sadly, they are right and wrong. The law is FUBAR, to use a crude military expression, but it's still the law—and printers need to be clear about whether or not they are abiding by it. Recent postings to the CTP Pressroom BBS suggest there may be a new take on this ruling that may clarify just who needs to own what.
My opinion is that legal issues surrounding fonts make it unrealistic for far too many printers to abide by the law. Even worse, existing laws will hamper the adoption of PDF, which is beginning to gain momentum. Like 'em or not, one of the cool things about using raster-based workflows is that there aren't any fonts!
Enough of the Font Follies
As if the fonts follies weren't enough, another area I would like to see take a step forward is color management. While there are definitely some very cool tools out there for profiling devices, the ICC's current implementation is insufficient for our heterogeneous working environments. Basically, the ICC specification doesn't go far enough in standardizing how any given device defines its color space, which means that each device ends up speaking its own language.
Color Management Or Color Manglement?
So we continue to end up with color manglement. This is one of the best things about SWOP: it's got a defined gamut (TR001) so that everyone knows what the job should look like. I'm afraid that Santa Claus will need a very big bag and strong team of reindeer to deliver on this one . . .