Xorg and Fonts

James Cloos cloos+pdx-xorg at jhcloos.com
Mon Aug 29 14:44:31 PDT 2005

>>>>> "Russell" == Russell Shaw <rjshaw at netspace.net.au> writes:

Russell> Lazy toolkit writers have been going to client-side fonts
Russell> just to avoid 16-bit X protocol problems instead of fixing
Russell> it.

There is no fix other than yet another X extension.  And that requires
new client libraries.

And using client side fonts is not lazy, but in every way an
improvement over server-side fonts.  This was debated back when Xft
was started, and the consensus clearly favoured a wholesale movment
to client-side fonts.  Check the xfree86 list archives for most of
that discussion.

And if you have an actual need for server-side, use (or improve) Sun's
stsf project.  It is a good choice for the environment they designed
it for, and may work as well in some other applications.

James H. Cloos, Jr. <cloos at jhcloos.com>

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