[Fontconfig] Why did the default font settings change around freetype 2.3 release and why isn't there at least a simple "no blurry fonts" settings?

Maarten Maathuis madman2003 at gmail.com
Tue May 15 01:46:55 PDT 2007

Around the release of freetype-2.3.0 default font settings changed, i was
faced with blurred fonts, unlike the nice fonts that i was used to.

My question are:

- Why are this default settings this way?
- Why isn't there a simple unblurred setting?

After after some searching i found, the settings i needed to at least
restore semi-acceptable fonts. Over time i tuned it and ended up with the
local.conf at the bottom of this e-mail.

My question is, isn't it possible to use more sane defaults when the
bytecode interpeter is on and maybe try to improve the default selection of
fonts (override fonts that look like crap).
Some fonts actually look quite good with just hinting.


Maarten Maathuis.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<match target="font" >
<edit mode="assign" name="rgba" > <const>none</const> </edit>
<edit mode="assign" name="hinting" > <bool>true</bool> </edit>
<edit mode="assign" name="antialias"> <bool>false</bool> </edit>
<edit mode="assign" name="autohint" > <bool>false</bool> </edit>
<edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle"> <const>hintfull</const> </edit>
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