[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
Wed May 16 13:14:54 PDT 2007

Am i again asking the wrong mailinglist?

On 5/15/07, Maarten Maathuis <madman2003 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Maarten Maathuis.
> <?xml version="1.0"?>
> <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
> <fontconfig>
> <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>
> </match>
> </fontconfig>
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