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Re: [RP] Pretty fonts

From: John Meacham
Subject: Re: [RP] Pretty fonts
Date: Fri Apr 25 16:56:05 2003
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antialiasing is suposed to help with low resolution screens. and does a
lot of the time (especially with subpixel rendering)

It should be noted that this has nothing to do with bitmapped vs. vector
fonts. both Xft and Xcore support bitmapped AND truetype/vector fonts.
Xft has the ability to do antialiasing and subpixel rendering for
laptops however, but requires more resources and has more dependencies
than Xcore fonts.

The ability to support Xft would be nice in ratpoison for people with
really low resolution screens and laptops. It should be straightforward
to make it a compile-time option.

On Fri, Apr 25, 2003 at 06:47:34PM -0400, Casey Allen Shobe wrote:
> > OK, so now on my 17" 2048x<something> CRT it's not so bad, 
> > but on my 800x6
> > laptops getting small fonts is really hard without bitmap fonts.  Have
> > you tried to get something with more font than hint at pt6 in TT?
> > (This is why I avoid GTK2 like the plague.)
> I'm not quite sure what you're saying here - but with freetype 2, you can
> specify NOT to antialias fonts below a certain pixel size (say, 10), which
> will keep small fonts legible.  Why not add a --with-freetype2 option to the
> configure script like everything else?  Oh, and just because you compile
> with freetype support doesn't mean you actually have to use it.  On my
> screen (21" 1280x1024), antialiasing really helps.  My monitor supports up
> to 2048x1536, but I prefer to use a lower resolution so I don't strain my
> eyes so much.  Using 2048x<something> on a 17" CRT is insane, but to each
> his own.
> - Casey
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