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[Freetype] Re: [XFree86] Better non-antialiased TTF fonts with Xft?

From: Mike FABIAN
Subject: [Freetype] Re: [XFree86] Better non-antialiased TTF fonts with Xft?
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2003 05:27:18 +0100
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Is it possible to compile Freetype 2 using the byte code interpreter
and to select whether hinting is done via the byte code interpreter of
via the auto hinter at runtime?

I think this is currently not possible, but this might be a useful
feature. For some fonts with very good hinting one may get
best results when the byte code interpreter is used, for other
fonts with no hints or buggy hints, the auto hinter may be much

Also, as explained on

using the byte code interpreter may be desirable if text is rendered
monochrome using fonts with high quality hints and for some Asian

This seems to indicate that it is better in some cases to use
the byte code interpreter and better in other cases to use
the auto hinter.

Having the option to choose between byte code interpreter and auto
hinter at runtime would offer more possibilities to fine tune the
results. fontconfig/Xft2 could be used to switch on the byte code
interpreter for fonts where it produces superior results and switch it
off for others where it works less well.

Mike Fabian   <address@hidden>

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