Best font rendering engine

Alex Jones alex at
Sat Sep 9 14:31:46 BST 2006

Hi Johan + list

On Sat, 2006-09-09 at 15:06 +0300, Johan Kiviniemi wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 09, 2006 at 02:53:34PM +0200, Fabio Dell'Aria wrote:
> > Why did not add in the Edgy official tree the "David Turner" font
> > patch, able to big increase the font rendering?
> > Screenshot:
> > 
> In that screenshot, the fonts are rendered without hinting, and thus
> they are blurry. I'd hate to use that.

This is simply incorrect, the fonts ARE hinted, they have just had a
more effective filter applied. It's called FIR and you can read more
about it here: <>

As a side-note, unhinted fonts look MUCH nicer than hinted fonts IMO. It
is always about taste. As it happens, Mac OS X uses unhinted fonts -
they retain their perceived shape perfectly which is more important to
some people than the mythical loss in readability.
> Regards,
Alex Jones <alex at>

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