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Wednesday 14 December 2016, 10:34

僕の新しい仕事がアナログシンセのデザインです。 LaTeXでユーザーマニュアルを作りたいです。 ドキュメントの中で回路図を書きたいです。 今日、Circuit-Macrosで回路図を書き方の勉強しましょう。 よろしくお願いします。

これはTeX & LaTeX Advent Calendar 2016に僕の寄贈です。昨日はmarimo-nekomimiさんの日です。 明日、Yasuhide Minodaさんの日です。


Thursday 10 December 2015, 13:09

日本語が分かっても、時々英語で植字をしなければならないです。 英語では文章と言葉の中で、いつも空白あります。 LaTeXを使えば、もしかしたら文章と言葉の空白が難しいです。 今日本件の勉強をしましょう。

これはTeX & LaTeX Advent Calendar 2015に僕の寄贈です。


Friday 5 December 2014, 23:15

数学と理学ではLaTeXが有名です。 論文を書ければいつもLaTeXを使っています。 でもLaTeXではいろいろな文書ができます。 今日LaTeXとlilypond-bookで音楽の書くことを見ましょう。


これはTeX & LaTeX Advent Calendar 2014に僕の寄贈です。

Tsukurimashou 0.9

Sunday 17 August 2014, 16:26

I have just posted Tsukurimashou 0.9, the latest version of my Japanese-language font project. After almost a year in development since the last version, this one contains 1754 kanji, including all through Grade Four and 100 from Grade Five (a little more than half of the 185 assigned to that grade). This version also includes extensive infrastructure changes, most notably a bundled interpreter for the FontForge native scripting language, intended to provide insurance of future support as mainline FontForge moves further and further away from that language.

The future of Tsukurimashou development may be tangled, as my commitments and priorities change with my upcoming move to Denmark. This 0.9 release was produced in a bit of a rush to get something out the door before I pack up my computer for shipment. I don't know when I will next get a change to work on it more, but that will be at least two months from now. You can do your bit to support continued work on Tsukurimashou by building it, using it, and above all by writing about it. What the project needs most of all is attention.

FontAnvil 0.1

Wednesday 5 March 2014, 08:25

FontAnvil is a script language interpreter for manipulating fonts. FontAnvil is substantially compatible with the PfaEdit/FontForge native scripting language, but FontAnvil is intended for non-interactive use; for instance, invocation from the build systems of font packages like Tsukurimashou. To better serve font package build systems in general and Tsukurimashou in particular, FontAnvil has no GUI and, to a reasonable extent, avoids dependencies on external packages.

Visit the FontAnvil home page.


Friday 13 December 2013, 13:09

TeXとLaTeXで画を書いたらTikZは便利とポピュラーです。 みんなはきれいなグラフィクスを作っています。 たとえば、これがtexample.netから一つのクリスマスツリーです。


しかし、ただのグラフィクスには興味ありません。 今日は1984年からノスタルジックの画を書きましょう。 マック・ペイントを思い出しませんか? そう…

Tsukurimashou 0.8

Monday 26 August 2013, 13:18

I've posted Tsukurimashou 0.8, the latest version of my Japanese-language font project. This version contains 1502 kanji, including all through Grade Four. There are relatively few infrastructure changes for the fonts in this version, but Kleknev is new in this release (still at alpha status) and IDSgrep 0.4, released a few days ago and included in this package, contains some new and exciting speed enhancements.

UPDATE: I presented Tsukurimashou at TUG 2013 in Tokyo this October. You can read my slides (PDF file) on the conference Web site, and see some photos from my trip in my photo gallery. The paper will appear in TUGboat 2013.3, which will be posted on TUG's Web site (initially members-only, eventually open-access, or visit your library) in the near future.

Tsukurimashou 0.7

Thursday 7 March 2013, 08:36

I'm very happy to announce the release of version 0.7 of Tsukurimashou, my Japanese-language font project. That is a link to the release page for the source code package on SourceForge.JP; see also the complete list of downloadable files and the project home page. This has been almost nine months in the making, and as I said on Twitter, the yak hair is thick on the floor. Release notes below the cut.

Where do I draw the line?

Monday 21 January 2013, 14:49

It's a very common pattern in the Han writing system that a character will be made of two parts that are themselves characters, or at least elements resembling characters, placed one above the other or one next to the other. For instance, 音 (sound) can be split into 立 (stand up) above 日 (day); and 村 (village) can be split into 木 (tree) next to 寸 (inch). This kind of structure can be nested, as in 語 (language). One can do a sort of gematria with the meanings, (what exactly is the deep significance of "village = tree + inch"?) but that's not the direction I'm interested in going today. Here's the thing: in the Tsukurimashou project, these two ways of constructing characters each correspond to a piece of code that's invoked many times throughout the system, and I thought it would be interesting to look at how often the different parameter values are used.

IDSgrep 0.3

Monday 27 August 2012, 09:13

I posted version 0.3 of IDSgrep last night; follow the link to download it from SourceForge.JP. As you may recall, IDSgrep is my kanji structural-query software. Some of the ideas behind it were discussed on this Web log back in December. The general idea is that this is software to answer queries about layout and visual components of Han-script (Japanese, Chinese, etc.) characters.

The main new things in version 0.3 are support for regular expression searches; the inclusion of a bundled dictionary (based on the IDS decompositions of the CHISE project); and a "cooked" output mode.

At this point I think IDSgrep as such - the search program - is basically finished. As bug reports and practical experience accumulate, there may eventually be a 0.4 or 1.0 release, but all the features I think it needs to have are now in place and it seems to serve pretty well the original purpose for which I needed to develop it.

Tsukurimashou 0.6

Monday 18 June 2012, 13:23

At long last, I've completed the 0.6 release of the Tsukurimashou fonts (project home page). This one contains 1110 kanji, including all those taught in the Japanese school system through Grade Three. Also new in this release are experimental italics and integration with my IDSgrep structural-query software (which has its own, separate release series). Downloads: source code; precompiled fonts; demo PDF files.

On pronouns and UIs

Sunday 20 May 2012, 17:33

Here is an actual quotation that I did not make up, from Microsoft's recommendations on how software should communicate with users:

Use the second person (you, your) to tell users what to do.

Here's one of my own:

Don't tell users what to do.


Friday 17 February 2012, 14:48



最近与党は、新しい法案の提案しました。警察権を上げてインタネットの盗聴を作って法案んです。対決法案ですね。ヴぃっク・テーヴスさん(Vic Toews)と言う政治家は、その法案のスポンサーをします。公安相です。月曜日に、国会に、テーヴスさんは「[critics] can either stand with us or with the child pornographers.」と言いました。もじ公安相たちを支持しなければ、児童ポルノを支持しているということになりますよ!(@_w_deeさんの翻訳の介助ありがとう)英語のことわざは、「That's when the shit hit the fan.」です。たくさんの人は怒気になりました。

Tsukurimashou 0.5

Friday 16 December 2011, 19:15

This is an archived old announcement, for a version of Tsukurimashou that is no longer the latest. You can find the latest version in the Tsukurimashou project on Sourceforge Japan.

I've released a new version of the Tsukurimashou fonts (project home page). This one contains 776 kanji, including all those taught in the Japanese school system through Grade Two and half of Grade Three. The bigger news, however, is that I've also added a set of fonts for the Korean hangul writing system. Those should now be beta quality - you should now be able to write the standard modern Korean language in its entirety. Downloads: source code; precompiled fonts; demo PDF files.

These fonts are far enough along now that I'd really like to create a bit of "buzz" around them; that's part of the sneaky plan behind my recent technical postings about my experiences building the fonts. I'm hoping that a lot of people will read those, and, especially, share them on systems like Twitter and the other one. In the new year, after I've posted a couple more (I'm aiming for weekly technical postings), I'll evaluate whether they are attracting third-party traffic and whether I want to continue them. They take up time I could be spending on writing code, but having people use the software is important too.


Thursday 1 December 2011, 17:30



  • チーズ
  • ペパロニ
  • 円やかなソーセージ
  • 砕けるベーコン
  • ビーフの薬味
  • 『畏服』


Sunday 13 November 2011, 13:50



Sunday 17 April 2011, 13:01


Tsukurimashou 0.2

Wednesday 6 April 2011, 22:16

This is the announcement of a now-obsolete version. Check out the latest progress of Tsukurimashou at sourceforge.jp!



I've just posted the second release of the Tsukurimashou font family - now with 198 kanji, including the 80 Grade One jouyou kanji. You, too, can write like a six-year-old! Also new in this version is a fancy build system.

Download the source package (ZIP) which includes four ready-made OpenType font files, or preview it by looking at the demo PDF (which is not much changed from last version) and the kanji chart.

More commentary probable at some future date; for the moment I've already used up today's word quota writing the package documentation.

Tsukurimashou 0.1

Saturday 19 February 2011, 14:46

This is the announcement of a now-obsolete version. Check out the latest progress of Tsukurimashou at sourceforge.jp!



I'm pleased to announce the first release of the Tsukurimashou font family. The user's manual and demo is available as a PDF file; so is the complete package in bzipped TAR and ZIP formats. Precompiled OpenType fonts, compatible with all currently-popular typesetting systems, are included in those packages for two styles (Tsukurimashou Kaku and Mincho). Other styles you'll have to compile yourself.

These fonts are released with source code under the GNU GPL version 3 with font-embedding clarification. The current version contains the full repertoire of ISO Latin-1, hiragana, and katakana; more characters are on the way.


Thursday 10 February 2011, 21:00






Wednesday 2 February 2011, 21:47

2月2日くらいは、インバルクと言う記念日です。ブリード神様のお祭りです。何回「Groundhog Day」と言っても、インバルクですよ。

今ブリード神様は私の氏神いません。2009年の春に起きましたものので 氏神は戴かないで来ました。しかし今日はブリード神様のために儀式をしました。



Friday 7 January 2011, 23:02




Thursday 6 January 2011, 22:37





Saturday 1 January 2011, 12:14


The day a star is born

Saturday 18 December 2010, 19:57

This is my last posting from the desktop machine before I take it down to pack - a little earlier than I'd first planned, but I'm trying to get my packing done with as much safety margin as possible and now that the paper deadlines are past, I don't need the main computer to be online in this location any longer. I can use my laptop for networking in the next few days before my move.

Since my last Japanese lesson on the 10th, I'm on my own as far as continuing my studies, and one thing I'm doing is translating song lyrics. Another I might do is post entries on the Japanese side of this site. Anyway, although I'm not promising to share much or any of whatever is created by my learning process - it depends very much on amount and nature of reader response - I'm going to post a song translation in this entry. It seems appropriate.

Tsukurimashou typeface demo

Sunday 28 November 2010, 08:08

I added the Latin alphabet, so far only the uppercase letters, to Tsukurimashou, and this brings it to a point where I feel okay about releasing a demo PDF file, so y'all can download it and take a closer look at my handiwork.

Some things to remember:

  • The main purpose of this typeface family is as a pedagogical exercise. It's the process of creation that is more important than the finished product. Hence the name.
  • It's designed for the Japanese language. Typesetting modern Japanese requires having the glyphs for English too, but that doesn't mean the fonts are usable for general English-language typesetting. In particular, this is a monospace font with a choice of typesetting one character per perfectly square box, or two. That'll make it look unnaturally extended or compressed if you use it to typeset English text of more than a word or two at a time.
  • All five styles shown are generated from the same source code by tweaking a few parameters, and many other styles not shown in the demo can easily be generated with very little extra work.


Monday 22 November 2010, 20:46

Here's a little something I've been working on:

[Tsukurimashou typeface demo image]

Status update

Sunday 11 April 2010, 08:33

Just a note for long-time readers: as you can see, I've been gradually posting material copied over from the old site. I don't have a clear handle on what does or doesn't appear in the RSS feeds, nor what RSS readers (and syndicators such as Facebook and Livejournal) do with backdated entries. I'm going to post some old material as new postings, with or without notes at the top mentioning that it's reposted; other old material will be posted under its original date, and in that case it most likely won't appear in your reader. The "archive" links don't seem to work for old material, but that may be fixed at some point, and it remains accessible through the page-by-page and tag-based navigation as well as the search.

I'd like to remind you that I've also created a Japanese-language section. Items from that will not appear in the main RSS feed through which you're reading this entry; if you want to subscribe to it, you have to subscribe that page's RSS feed separately. The two share the search feature and tag cloud, but most other things are separated. I expect traffic on the Japanese side to be low but nonzero; subject matter will be determined by my language skill as it advances, but at the moment it'll be pretty elementary. Some day I'd like to be able to translate a lot of my "greatest hits" material, but my writing style in English leans heavily on technical skill in the language. It would be hard even for a native speaker to translate my work and have it still sound like my work, and it'll be a long time before I reach the level where I can do that myself.