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Re: [Freetype] Legacy software and bitmap-only snfts [was: FreeTypebug
Re: [Freetype] Legacy software and bitmap-only snfts [was: FreeTypebug report]
10 Sep 2002 16:57:35 +0100
BS> Not at all. I just do not see that we get much by repackaging
We get the ability to efficiently use Unicode-encoded fonts, thus
removing the need to install a bunch of PCFs in different encodings on
every system. (The PCF file format makes on-the-fly recoding of
Unicode-encoded fonts prohibitive.)
We get the ability to efficiently share bitmap files between core
fonts and client-side fonts.
We get the ability to deprecate all core fonts backends other than the
FreeType backend. This is part of a secret plan to deprecate core
fonts without carrying too much baggage for backwards compatibility.
BS> In a few years we are likely to have a reasonable selection of
BS> outline fonts in the open source market and I can easily see
BS> developers writing code to detect and not use these old fonts
BS> since they cannot be printed.
Let's hope so.
Re: [Freetype] Legacy software and bitmap-only snfts [was: FreeType bug report], Juliusz Chroboczek, 2002/09/10