Draining the font swamp
minghua at ubuntu.com
Tue May 22 04:59:42 BST 2007
On Mon, May 21, 2007 at 01:13:56AM +0100, Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
> > - Whether we still need all these horrible bitmap fonts
> You mean the fonts available in the x-fonts* packages?
I think the names are xfonts-*.
Last time I checked, X server won't start without the "fixed" bitmap
font from xfonts-base.
> I would suggest a poll on usage and possible demotion to universe or
> specific langpacks. Might be different for CJK fonts.
I believe the general consensus among Chinese users is that bitmap fonts
are preferred for small font size.
There is a technique called "embedded bitmap" that can put bitmap fonts
of different size into a TrueType font, and libfreetype handles this
correctly. There are currently one set of fonts (with two typefaces) in
Debian/Ubuntu that has embedded bitmaps.
A sad thing, however, is that although there is a group actively working
on a set of Chinese bitmap fonts and has improved the quality quite a
bit, their work can't be embedded into the existent TrueType font due to
licensing restrictions. So I am afraid in the short term stand-alone
bitmap fonts are still necessary for Chinese users who are picky about
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