What was this particular web typography plugin/package called?
August 19, 2013 1:51 PM   Subscribe

I used a HTML typography package years ago and can find neither hide nor hair of it any more. It converted HTML to include proper dashes, curly quotes and other typographic elements. It may have been a blogging engine (or included with one). What was it?

Some years back I remember finding (and using) a package that essentially converted bog-standard HTML to something close to 'typographically proper': proper em- and en-dashes, curly quotes, and so on. I distinctly remember finding it via a page where you could paste text into a form and see it beautifully converted. The person or persons responsible for the package were kind-of typography snobs, but the output was pretty beautiful.

Festina lente figured prominently on the website, but I'm damned if I can find it now. Maybe it's gone, but not being able to even locate a mention of it via Google is driving me nuts.

You could also download the package(s) to use as a blogging engine. This was around 7-10 years ago, so I imagine that much of what it did has been superseded by CSS and other things.

Design gurus of Ask, what the hell was this thing called?
posted by jquinby to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Was it wp-typography? I used it for a while until it stop working. The page also mentions a more generic version for PHP-based sites.
posted by tommasz at 1:55 PM on August 19, 2013

Response by poster: I don't think that's the one, but it looks close. The website I recall was much more font/design leaning and less web-nerdy (if that makes any sense).
posted by jquinby at 2:02 PM on August 19, 2013

There's SmartyPants, which has been around since 2003. It comes with a web dingus (make sure you use the dropdown to select "SmartyPants" instead of "Markdown").
posted by yaymukund at 2:23 PM on August 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: It sounds like you’re thinking of Textile and the associated Textpattern CMS.

Textile used to be hosted on its creator’s very font/design-leaning site Textism, which is sadly long-defunct.
posted by Ryon at 3:02 PM on August 19, 2013

Response by poster: TEXTPATTERN. YES.

Thanks. I was going bugshit. I knew it was something punchy, but 'textkit', 'fontplate', and so on were getting me nowhere.
posted by jquinby at 3:04 PM on August 19, 2013

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