forums of The Type Heritage Project [THP]. A tradition for centuries, a “chapel” [also spelled chappel] was the bond among employees of a letterpress workplace. In the American Dictionary of Printing and Bookmaking (1894), W.W. Pasko defines the term:
- A meeting of duly enrolled male and/or female members of a printing house, considered as a society.
- In large establishments, there were sometimes separate chapels for each department; for example, compositors.
- The meeting itself may be held “in a beer-house, in a public hall or on the street” (or via the Internet!).
This Chapel is a “virtual hangout” that connects revival developers and researchers with THP, with each other, and with like-minded folks engaged in activities serving the posterity of our common interest and THP’s goals:
- Discover and document the true origins of digital display typefaces first designed during the 19th- or early-20th century.
- Publish a series of textbooks on this subject illustrating and documenting the origins of available digital revivals.
- Recruit, coordinate and facilitate the work of revival developers who provide digital specimens to illustrate the textbooks.
Together, this international community of volunteers tackles such challenges as:
- Assemble complete working specimens of rare fonts for digital revival.
- Build and maintain a database tracking the status of revivals.
- Learn more about early type designers, producers and their work.
- Translate non-English historical materials for international study.
Another important function of The Chapel is to discuss issues and logistics related to stocking a history-intensive eCommerce venue now in the process of final development and testing:
- The THP Marketplace serves type historians and discriminating collectors with authentic revivals.
- Patronage helps to support the continued work of these very special font developers as well as THP research and publications.
Everyone interested in research and/or revivals of pre-digital types is cordially invited to view discussions and attachments. Only registered Chapel Members may post or upload images. Please join us!
- Square One. An overview of THP revivals tracks projects completed, in progress or proposed by Partners. Unfortunately, the forum interface does not support display of this indispensable tool. Instead, a link to it appears at the top of every page.
- Topics. Anticipated topics outlined in the navigation sidebar on the right are starting points for new ones initiated by Chapel Members. Forum Moderators add appropriate topics to the Status Chart, tag and organize them for future reference.
- Quote. To address a specific passage in a thread, select [highlight] it and then click “Quote.” The desired text will be copied to the “reply” panel for a point-by-point response.
- Privacy. If your post is confidential, check the “Set as private reply” option. Until/unless you authorize general publication, it will be read only by the Forum Moderator and/or THP.
- Editing. You may edit your post until 60 minutes after first submitting it.
- Attachments. You may upload images (type specimens, etc.). The file-size limit is 1024 kilobytes (1.2 megabytes).
Free registration of an image graphically representing YOU (highly recommended!) is available at gravitar.com. This “set and forget” system automatically displays the same image whenever you post a comment to a site driven by WordPress and certain other “blog” packages.
You may upload a realistic photo, a logo or an abstraction that easily distinguishes your posts from those of others. If you choose to decline this option, an “anonymous” avatar and your screen-name will be displayed instead.
Besides browser bookmarking or creating a desktop shortcut/alias, the forum interface offers several ways to “follow” a thread quickly and easily:
- Mark the thread as a “favorite.” Thereafter, it will be listed in your account profile when you log in.
- “Subscribe” to it. Thereafter, you will be notified of new activity.
- Check the “Notify me of follow-up replies via email” button. Gurus advise that, depending on your eMail system and how you configure it, this option may tend to attract SPAM.