So, I know it’s hard to believe, but sometimes Deke and I don’t agree. I realize that I’m revealing the discordant underbelly of dekeDom, but I thought you should know. And I thought you should have the opportunity to hear both sides and align with me. So here’s the first of our most recent debates, surrounding the definition of the color “purple.”
As you know, or you should know if you’re a true fan, the lessons in Deke’s One-on-One books each have a different color scheme, rotating between four colors throughout the book, as follows:
The Photoshop CS3 book was created in InDesign CS2, and I was trying to bring the lessons up to InDesign CS3-compliance in case we ever needed them for a revision, doing all the tedious formatting drudgery so that Deke’s genius mind and delicate fingers could concentrate on his brilliant content. I needed a purple chapter from the InDesign CS3 book (our current template gold standard), and called Deke to see if he could post if for me. The conversation went something like this.
Colleen: I need a pristine purple chapter from the InDesign book, can you post one for me.
Deke: Purple, you mean like Lesson 4?
Colleen: No, that’s magenta, I mean purple, like Lesson 3.
Deke: Lesson 3 is violet.
Colleen: Yes, violet, as in “purple.”
Thus ensued a debate. You could hear the clicking keyboards as Wikipedia was frantically accessed from two different time zones, as we each tried to prove our case for which one of the red-blue chapters would really be called “purple.” (We eventually realized we agreed on which one was magenta and which one was violet, but purple was still under contention.) No, Deke was not allowed to syllogistically refer to his much lauded color wheel from the Photoshop book (Lesson 3, a purple one as it turns out), so don’t you try it either.
It would seem that we were at an impasse. Deke was clearly aligned with the Barney-the-Dinosaur contingent. (Barney, the purple dinosaur, is magenta.) I seem to have the standard box of Crayola crayons (a much more trusted source, you have to agree) on my side. Any of you denizens of dekeOpolis have a thought or an example that proves one of us (me) right? The debates (to be revealed here regularly) only get more cutthroat from here.
Maybe I can speak to Deke in a language he’ll understand, InDesign is magenta, InCopy is purple.