Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at
Tue Apr 7 02:36:31 PDT 2009

Le Mar 7 avril 2009 11:03, Tuomo Valkonen a écrit :
> On 2009-04-07, Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at> wrote:
>> XWindows changed a lot since 1994. Legacy stuff is still available
>> but
>> not really supposed to be used anymore, and in particular (and of
>> special interest to toolkit authors) nowadays to display text you
>> should go through XFT and fontconfig and not use legacy Core X11
>> font
>> methods.
> And legacy=bad? X core fonts still beat the shit out of the
> blur-fascist Xft/fontconfig XML-vomit mess with authors/packagers
> that hate the beautiful Helvetica with a passion.

A font in 1994 included a few hundreds of glyphs at most without any
complex composing rules, and weighted a few kiB. A font in 200x can
include thousands of glyphs with complex composing rules, in MiBs of
data. And that's just the font-level, without system font substitution

The core X11 font system just can not scale to modern requirements.
And that's ignoring its propensity to crash apps at the slightest

I'm sure there are people who liked the simplicity of CGA screens too.
You know what? They were good for their time, but they're history now.

Nicolas Mailhot

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