The Second Wave of Japanese Desktop Publishing

6 July 2003

The Japanese market has lagged somewhat behind the trend in Europe and America for the adoption of desktop workstations in the publishing industry, sticking with tried and tested proprietory systems to a very large extent.

In this extended feature article Joel Breckinridge, who has over 15 years experience of the Japanese design and prepress industries, looks at the reasons for this. He also takes a look at some breaking technologies which may mean that the workflows we take for granted in the West may soon enter the world of complex scripts – and even make a good job of adapting to the local demands involved.

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Joel Breckinridge