[Fontconfig] [PATCH] don't artificially embolden fixed-width fonts

Adam Williamson awilliam at redhat.com
Tue Feb 10 11:27:07 PST 2015

On Tue, 2015-02-10 at 11:00 -0800, Adam Williamson wrote:
> It changes the width. The key thing about a fixed-width font
> is...it's fixed width. If someone's using one, they almost
> certainly don't want an artificial bold face that uses wider
> characters. This is a major pain when using a text editor that uses 
> bold face for syntax highlighting, and affects two widely- used 
> monospace fonts which have no native bold face, Droid
> Sans Mono and Inconsolata.

I'll note that back in 2012, infinality claimed that his patchset 
somehow did artificial emboldening without widening the glyphs:


but good lord, I have no idea where to start digging in that mess to 
try and figure out how he did it. Implementing some kind of artificial 
bold for freetype that doesn't change character widths would be an 
obvious alternative to this if someone wanted to do it.
Adam Williamson
Fedora QA Community Monkey
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