[Fontconfig] FreeType now includes Infinality subpixel support

Infinality infinality at infinality.net
Tue Jun 19 20:39:21 PDT 2012

Currently subpixel hinting is enabled (when compiled in) whenever 
anything but FT_RENDER_MODE_MONO is requested.  It may be possible to 
add a flag to freetype to indicate that subpixel hinting should be 
turned on, however I'm not sure there's much value in that, given that 
rendering antialiased fonts without subpixel hinting doesn't produce 
more accurate or desirable results.  For legacy fonts, subpixel hinting 
should always produce better results, and for modern fonts the 
differences will likely be subtle, but in the favor of the subpixel 
hinted renderings.  The only reason I could see to implement such a flag 
would be for people who have gotten used to the way that the native 
freetype TT hinter renders legacy fonts with antialiasing, which is 
definitely not the way the designers intended them to appear (due to 
DELTAP and SHPIX dents in the outlines among other things).

So, I guess my point is that you may not need to do anything to 
fontconfig to support subpixel hinting.  I'm willing to hear other 
people's opinions on this too.


On 06/18/2012 08:11 PM, Akira TAGOH wrote:
> Thanks for letting us know. I suppose we'll support that feature in 2.10+.
> On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 2:32 AM,  <pgajdos at suse.cz> wrote:
>> JFYI,
>> http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/freetype/freetype2.git/commit/?id=79e36baebba4532dff92ca1ca43c4dc2f779fd32
>> Petr
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