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Chapter 11. Printing > Printing Transparency

Printing Transparency

Two of the most important figures in the desktop publishing revolution—Tim Gill (founder of Quark, Inc.) and John Warnock (cofounder of Adobe, Inc.)—each had a blind spot that led to a tragedy of unparalleled proportions. Well, maybe not quite that strong (they both retired quite happily in recent years). But the blind spots did have interesting results that caused their companies difficulties.

Tim Gill didn’t believe that HTML was worth much attention, and Quark suffered by being late to supporting the Web. John Warnock didn’t believe transparency was important and so it took PostScript 20 years to support it. Everyone knows that vector transparency is important to designers, but because PostScript couldn’t print it, programs couldn’t support it.


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