>The problem with dtp is that any fool with the money to buy a
>computer, a printer, software, and a few (generally flamboyant)
>fonts can call himself or herself a publisher. As in the past money
>cannot buy experience, intelligent or good taste.
Actually, I'm not sure it's fair to blame the *home enthusiast* for
any decline in typographic standards (even if most are atrocious, at
least they are keen). And whilst I agree that money can't buy
'intelligent or good taste' (and the price of Experience, as Blake
tells us, is 'all that a man hath'), I think the diagnosis of the
problem is otherwise.
IMO, the degradation of typographic standards owes more to the fact
that those with their fingers on the purse strings firmly believe
that 'best practice' and attention to detail are not cost effective.
Commercial publishers aren't investing in training, or encouraging
excellence, because they are labour intensive and don't demonstrate
any benefits on the bottom line. Sloppy epigraphy, failure to
substitute ligs, primes instead of quotes - all the typographic
vicissitudes we on this list are constantly complaining of - these
are, I think, indicative of a 'bulk' approach to text which treats it
more as a commodity than a discourse. This, in turn, is perhaps
symptomatic of the new-found values of the 'Information Revolution' -
where the volume of 'content' has become more important than its