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Supporting schoolkids in rural Sri Lanka

Chathini Uduwana
Regional Manager Sri Lanka, Typefi

Every year, Typefi’s Colombo team initiates a Corporate Social Responsibility project to enhance local society in some way. Our efforts can range from implementing environmentally friendly policies in the workplace to donating money or essentials to worthy causes.

A group photo of the Typefi team with schoolchildren, teachers and community members at Weragala Primary School.
Typefi Colombo team members (back right) with children, teachers and community members at Weragala Primary School in rural Sri Lanka.

We like to focus on helping kids in rural schools. Sri Lanka provides free education for everyone, and all the Typefi staff members in Colombo have taken advantage of free education, but often schools in rural and remote areas do not have access to the same resources as those in the city.

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Typefi enters the Hall of Fame!

Typefi was inducted into the Sunshine Coast Business Awards Hall of Fame at the 2018 awards gala on 17 November, alongside Australia Zoo and The Compass Institute.

The Typefi team holding up their 2018 Hall of Fame trophy in front of a Sunshine Coast Business Awards backdrop.
Ben Vale, Shanna Bignell, Michael Cousins, Sue Hudson and Ben Hauser celebrate Typefi’s induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame.

Typefi has previously won Sunshine Coast Business Awards in 2015 (Technology and Excellence in Innovation), 2016 (Excellence in Export), and 2017 (Technology).

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Typefitter for InDesign CC 2019

Typefi is happy to announce that Typefitter 4.1.0 is here, with support for the October 2018 release of InDesign CC (v14.x)! This is a free update for all Typefitter CC subscribers.

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Winners! Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards 2018

Typefi has once again been recognised for its contribution to Queensland’s economy, winning the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Small Business and being named as a finalist in the Digital Technologies category.

Shanna Bignell, Ben Hauser and Michael Cousins holding up Typefi's 2018 Premier of Queensland's Export Awards trophy, an engraved glass shard.
Shanna Bignell, Ben Hauser and Michael Cousins with Typefi’s trophy for the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Award for Small Business.

Typefi has been exporting since 2007, and 90% of its customers are based overseas, with exports accounting for 92% of revenue in the 2017–18 financial year.

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Typefi launches Enabling Accessible Publishing at Frankfurt

Typefi CEO Chandi Perera officially announced the launch of Enabling Accessible Publishing—a Typefi initiative that will help to make information more accessible to all—at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.

The Enabling Accessible Publishing program will provide free Typefi software and services to not-for-profit, volunteer-driven organisations that are producing content in accessible formats for people living with visual, auditory, physical, or cognitive disabilities.

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Typefi in the running for two Queensland Export Awards

Typefi in the running for two Queensland Export Awards

Finalists in the 2018 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards were announced on 13 September 2018, with Typefi in contention for two categories this year—Digital Technologies and Small Business.

“We’re very honoured to have been named as finalists in the Queensland Export Awards for the third year running,” said Chandi Perera, Typefi CEO.

“It’s validating to know that the judging panel is looking at what Typefi is doing and seeing that it’s effective, and that we are making a positive difference in Australia and around the world.”

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Formatting the unformattable in InDesign

Peter Kahrel
Scripting Engineer, Typefi

In a Typefi workflow, if you want some text to automatically appear in a certain format in InDesign, you can apply that formatting as a local override or with a character style in your Word document, or encode it in an XML file.

This method of text formatting can’t be used in Typefi fields, because the composition engine doesn’t see that content. Typefi field content can contain only plain text: no formatting is possible.

However, this limitation can be overcome by including some rudimentary, HTML-like text tags in the field content and one or more GREP styles in the InDesign paragraph styles applied to the fields.

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Overcoming the challenges of accessible publishing

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

Almost five years ago, I learned about my first major project as a fresh Typefi employee: I was to implement a multilingual, multi-format accessible workflow at a specialised agency of the United Nations. No pressure!

Fortunately, I am multilingual, and had a lot of experience with multiple formats, but I had no idea what this accessibility thing was all about.

Needless to say, the learning curve was high. However, I did not have to go at it alone: colleagues had done some of this work before, and the internet is a veritable treasure trove of information.

Now, after five years of helping Typefi customers successfully implement accessible publishing workflows, I have learnt a thing or two about accessible publishing challenges—and how to overcome them—that I would like to share with you.

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Nuggets of Word wisdom (Part 1)

Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi

There is absolutely no doubt that Microsoft Word is the most-used word processing application on the planet, especially in corporate environments.

Even though I can’t back that statement up with some relevant statistical data or a beautiful infographic, I can definitely back it up with 20 years of experience dealing with the publishing industry!

However, the fact that something is the most-used application doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is adept at using it. As with all things, we humble users are often pressed for time and use software the way we were taught—if we were lucky enough to have received formal training.

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Typefi shortlisted for international accessible publishing award

Typefi shortlisted for international accessible publishing award

In February 2018, Typefi was shortlisted for an Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award—an achievement of which our team is extremely proud!

These annual awards, part of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, recognise outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of digital publications for persons who are print disabled.

Two awards are presented each year, one to a publisher and one for a project initiative. Typefi was a finalist for the initiative award, alongside DAISY Forum of India, Dolphin Computer Access in the UK, and Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos in Brazil.

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