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Re: [Groff] unicode support - where to compose?

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: [Groff] unicode support - where to compose?
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2006 20:54:57 +0100 (CET)

> >> It would be nice to have access to all the TrueType and
> >> PostScript fonts installed on the system without having to build
> >> metric files and so forth.
> >
> > This is virtually impossible IMHO.  You need a tight integration
> > between groff and the OS, making it highly system-specific.
> I don't know about that. Instead of reading the groff metrics,
> gtroff could perhaps query the system for metrics.

You are opening a can of worms.  It is one of the most complicated
issues of font handling across different platforms.

> The code to get the metrics would obviously be system-specific, and
> the Free operating systems would have to go even further and have
> WM-specific code (say, for Gnome or KDE)... which would be a problem
> when moving around.

I simply haven't time to go this route, given that groff works just
fine with the current method, and that there are tools to make any
font work with groff.


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