[rescue] X font rendering, was Re: Sun Kit Needed for EE Student Here
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Mon May 15 16:19:22 CDT 2006
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Sat, 13 May 2006 @ 23:37 -0400, der Mouse said:
> > No idea. It could be this is all done client side and bitmaps just
> > shipped over...
> Well, I don't know what XRender provides, but base X font handling
> *can't* do antialiased fonts.
I assume what you mean is that the X server sans extensions and new libraries
doesn't do antialiased fonts.
Freetype became part of X some time ago, at least a couple of years now.
Or maybe you mean you have to use the Xft library.
That's true, but then really good font handling in X has always required
extra libraries because the font support was so bad for years
You can use Xft in all X apps because the server will fall back to character
cell and outline fonts if the Render extension is not available.
I don't know how it will look, but it will probably run well enough to keep
reminding you to upgrade.
> I have. Not charcell fonts, which may be what you're thinking of, but
> monospaced fonts which aren't charcell, yes. (The difference between
> monospaced and charcell is that a charcell font has all pixels of each
> character inside the box implied by the ascent, descent, and width; a
> monospaced font has the same width for each character but may have
> pixels outside that box for some - or even all - characters.)
Yep, that's basically it.
However, I didn't think Monaco had any pixels outside its bounding box.
I know two of the others I tried do though. You can see if you fire up a font
I generally do a terrible job working on fonts, at least so far.
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