A distinctively European drawing board


Not to be found in America

Probably no gadget fixes big problems. But here is a thought on the topic of kids learning coordinate systems, descriptive geometry, drafting, accuracy, etc.:

In North America in 2012 I couldn’t find the kind of drawing board I had grown up with. An Amazon Germany search for Zeichenplatte A3 shows multiple brand suppliers.

Amazon wasn’t going to ship to the US, and when making arrangements with a relative across the pond, instead of a brand new one we got a decades old heirloom.

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Heirloom Drawing Board from Germany

Having one is merely one prerequisite for using it. Knowing what to do is the other main ingredient. I used to have fun with those boards. More recently I enjoy seeing kids pick up skills.

I could analyze why this kind of board is better for kids:

  • You can switch the straightedge from horizontal to vertical. That is a biggie, e.g. when drawing front, top, and side views.
  • The built-in paper clamp obviates sticky tape.
  • Plenty of scales.
  • A3 size is perfect. Big enough for detail, small enough for kids, students. Comparable to tabloid size.
  • Ability to lock against sliding.
  • Much drawing can be done without anything sticking out in an inconvenient direction.
  • more

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Adj with XML syntax


The number one question on release of Adj was “why aren’t the commands in XML elements, why in comments?”

Adj commands are in XML elements now, in a separate namespace. Read its documentation or get it. Free of charge, forever.

I had considered that option previously, but then hadn’t been able to satisfy concerns about compatibility. This time, after getting more feedback, we found encouraging words regarding extensibility by using XML namespaces, in the SVG standard documentation SVG 1.1 2nd ed 23 Extensibility.

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