[Fontconfig] Why is the default weight FC_WEIGHT_MEDIUM?

Akira TAGOH akira at tagoh.org
Sun Oct 27 19:55:40 PDT 2013

Okay, changed the default weight to normal in git. thanks for the suggestion.

On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 4:01 PM, Akira TAGOH <akira at tagoh.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> That sounds reasonable to me so that the normal weight is also default in CSS.
> Does anyone else have any objection about this change? one concern is
> if there are anyone who are relying on current behavior, this change
> will breaks it despite you get a fix.
> On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 12:42 AM, John Flatness <john at zerocrates.org> wrote:
>> I was recently trying to run down a quirk in font selection, and stumbled
>> upon Fontconfig's pattern defaults. In particular, the one that was causing
>> my issue and surprise was the default for weight, which is defined as
>> FC_WEIGHT_MEDIUM, or 100.
>> This default seems to have been the same from the initial commit, and that
>> time there were only defined constants for light (then defined as zero),
>> medium, demi-bold, bold, and black weights.
>> By now, should the default weight not be FC_WEIGHT_NORMAL or
>> FC_WEIGHT_REGULAR, both of which are defined as 80? The specific context I
>> noticed this in was a font family that ships both regular and medium
>> weights, and without additional specification, fontconfig selects the
>> surprisingly-heavy medium weight.
>> I'm aware I can provide my own configuration to handle my specific case, but
>> I'm surprised that the default here is actually heavier than the "regular"
>> and "normal" weight. I imagine there's some consideration here that I'm
>> simply not aware of, but I can't think of what that might be.
>> --
>> John Flatness
>> (P.S.: I tried to send this message earlier, and it seemed to get eaten
>> somewhere along the line. Apologies if this is a duplicate for anyone.)
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> Akira TAGOH


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