[Fontconfig] [ft-devel] Re: 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
Fri May 18 02:49:15 PDT 2007

I might give it a try, thank you.


On 5/18/07, Adam Sampson <ats at offog.org> wrote:
> "Maarten Maathuis" <madman2003 at gmail.com> writes:
> > I do have one small question, why is the autohinter so ugly? (Is
> > this on purpose?)
> It's an autohinter -- it's doing the best job it can with the limited
> information it's got. The Freetype guys have done wonders with it over
> the last couple of years; it's not quite as good as a human type
> designer can manage yet, but in the latest releases it's often hard to
> tell the difference.
> I've found it's worth playing with unhinted font rendering if you're
> on a big display, though, since that avoids the glyph distortion that
> hinting introduces. David Turner and Jinghua Luo (among others) did
> some experimental work which used FIR filtering to produce extremely
> nice unhinted text rendering on subpixel-capable displays without the
> colour fringing that cairo/libXft usually produce; I've put the
> patches I'm currently using here:
>   http://offog.org/stuff/cairo-fir.diff
>   http://offog.org/stuff/libXft-fir.diff
> (If you want to see how this looks without messing with your system
> libraries, the Gargoyle IF interpreter has a built-in text renderer
> that uses the same approach:
>   http://ccxvii.net/gargoyle/
> Trying to figure out why Gargoyle's text looked nice on my display was
> how I found the patches above...)
> --
> Adam Sampson <ats at offog.org>                         <http://offog.org/>
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