Draining the font swamp

Scott James Remnant scott at ubuntu.com
Sun May 20 20:16:45 UTC 2007


On Sat, 2007-05-19 at 12:34 +0100, Matt Zimmerman wrote:

> - Exactly which pieces are used by GTK, Qt, XUL, etc. and how applications
>   using those APIs ask for a font specification
> 
You forgot the following, which is what GTK+ uses ...

- Pango, a text layout and rendering engine with an emphasis on
  Internationalisation.  Given a string of UTF-8 text, and a preference
  of fonts, it selects appropriate fonts to cover the characters being
  written and renders them to the screen.  Uses combination of
  fontconfig, freetype, Xft and Cairo (some languages have native
  non-font renderers)


Also another question:

- Why are there so many differences of opinion about how much hinting
  fonts require, which method of hinting to use, and which of the
  results looks better

Scott
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Scott James Remnant
Ubuntu Development Manager
scott at ubuntu.com
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