Xft subpixel rendering patch

Soeren Sandmann sandmann at daimi.au.dk
Sun Aug 28 11:47:49 PDT 2005

Keith Packard <keithp at keithp.com> writes:

> Yeah, Times New Roman is a terribly hinted font -- it was one of the
> first fully instructed fonts and the designers clearly tuned it using a
> monochrome rasterizer. In the case of the '2' and 'Z', the stems
> actually shrink to nearly zero width after the hinting has been applied.
> With a monochrome rasterizer, drop-out controls in the rasterizer ensure
> that the stem doesn't disappear, but in a gray-scale rasterizer, it's
> not really possible to avoid this problem.

I don't think it's fair to call them terrible hints. The font does
contain a table that tells the rasterizer not to antialias at small
ppems. If you antialias it anyway, you get what you deserve ...


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