[Fontconfig] How to limit search to outline fonts

depp at moria.us depp at moria.us
Mon Oct 4 16:57:37 PDT 2010

Hm.  "Outline font" is typically another term for "vector font".  I  
checked the Fontconfig source code, and the "scalable" and "outline"  
attributes are always set to the same value (see  

Quoting Mark Wagner <carnildo at gmail.com>:

> On Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 00:04,  <depp at moria.us> wrote:
>> I'd like to search the fonts on a system by family name, but prefer outline
>> fonts later on the list over bitmap fonts earlier on the list.  For example,
>> for the spec "Courier, DejaVu Sans Mono":
>> ...
>> What am I missing, or is it really that hard to do this?
> Since you're contrasting them to bitmap fonts, it sounds like what
> you're looking for is "vector" fonts rather than "outline" fonts.  In
> that case, I think the Fontconfig attribute you're looking for is
> "scalable" rather than "outline".
> --
> Mark Wagner

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