some utf8 chars are terrible small.
Stephen J. Turnbull
stephen at xemacs.org
Tue Jun 28 09:54:55 EDT 2011
Aidan Kehoe writes:
> Fontconfig is *far worse* in this issue,
Far worse in what issue? I can't see how it can possibly fail to be a
big improvement in terms of font sizing. Fontconfig basically doesn't
work without Xft, so you're pretty much guaranteed scalable fonts.
Personally, I've not seen font size issues (once I fixed the X
configuration to get the DPI right), except for a couple of
foot-shooting incidents (ie, I specified dpi= in a font resource in
.Xresources, and then fiddled with the global DPI value).
It's true that the fonts.conf that comes with Debian and Gentoo (which
I believe is basically f.d.o's config) does a poor job of finding
But if LibreOffice 3 and Firefox 4 and 5 are any evidence, GTK+pango
is no panacea for that, either. The problem of finding good fallback
fonts for "rare" characters (and sometimes, merely a reasonable
substitute for Microsoft fonts) is just a non-easy problem unless you
have full coverage fonts.
Disclaimer: I've got a lot invested in Xft, and I intend to spend some
time on it in the next few months. So maybe I'm excessively
optimistic about it, and pessimestic about GTK2/pango. But I'm happy
to see the work on GTK2/pango pushing forward, and I don't deny
there's a strong possibility that it will turn out to be better that
what we've currently got with less effort than needed to do a decent
job on Xft.
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