[PATCH app-xfs 2/3] doc: remove pdf target for developer's doc

Alan Coopersmith Alan.Coopersmith at Sun.COM
Thu Jan 21 14:32:38 PST 2010

Thomas Dickey wrote:
> On Wed, 20 Jan 2010, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
>> The new font apis (libXft) don't use font servers or server-side fonts,
>> so xfs has no use to applications that use them (as gtk, Qt, and most
>> other modern toolkits do).
> The reason for xfs was to move the computation and I/O off to the server, 
> which might be far away, reducing both.  Client-side font-rendering 
> doesn't appear to solve that problem.  Rather than discussing technology, 
> so far all I've seen is noise about "new", etc.

Believe me, I've been there and done that, and still have the scars left
from the years spent working on the STSF project to put modern font
technology on the X server side of things, but cooperating with a
out-of-process font server.   As always in this world, the technology
that lives is not the one with the best design, but the one with the
highest application adoption (see "Microsoft Windows" for the canonical
example), and for better or worse, Xft/fontconfig/etc. are what the
applications adopted.

	-Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at sun.com
	 Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

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