Contrast etc.

Eben Sorkin eben at
Sat Sep 22 19:38:47 BST 2007

I am reiterating a point I think so sorry about that - but I agree  
with Alex. Hinting is a specialized activity that is hard to learn to  
do, is tedious and whose results can only be counted on in a  
controlled codeculture - which Linux is not. Linux is diverse and  
should be. A font solution that is more robust, and is more available  
to active development - eg font outlines for specific sizes - is what  
I think will give Linux a long term, serious, and solid solution.

And as a side benefit I think it would encourage font development for  
linux by both amateur and independent professionals.

The downside of course is that it would require a lot of work to  
develop initially.

On the other hand the payoff in terms of user experience and the  
sense of polish Linux builds would have would be enormous.

Studies on productivity have bourn out the idea that better type  
helps as well - so it isn't just an aesthetic issue.


On Sep 22, 2007, at 6:57 AM, Alex Jones wrote:

> On Sat, 2007-09-22 at 02:59 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
>> the autohinting world that seems to lie in our future.
> The autohinter is a hack. Unhinted is the only way that gives  
> reliable appearance for arbitrary DPIs. If we're considering the  
> future, unhinted is the way to go.
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