Microsoft ClearType Inventor, Bill Hill, Dead
October 19, 2012 | 3:26 pm
One of the true innovators of the reading of text on screen, Bill Hill, died yesterday. Hill will be remembered primarily as one of the inventors of Microsoft‘s ClearType screen typography system, but his impact on our screen experience spanned a quarter century. Robert Scoble, who interviewed Hill many times, says that Hill worked behind-the-scenes, but was “one of the greats.”
Hill started out as a newspaper writer for 20 years in Scotland. In 1986 he joined Aldus on their seminal PageMaker layout program. He was approached by Microsoft in 1994 to run its typography group. He left Microsoft in 2009 and worked on screen-reading projects. He died Wednesday of a sudden heart attack.