Subject: Re: New snapshot of raster/Unicode console driver available
To: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Jarom=EDr?= Dolecek <>
From: Bang Jun-Young <>
List: tech-kern
Date: 02/15/2001 17:00:48
"Jaromír Dolecek" wrote:
> Bang Jun-Young wrote:
> > IMHO, X11 BDF font format is not suitable for fixed-size character cell
> > console. Why do we spend a lot of memory for a lot of unnecessary
> > FONTBOUNDINGBOX, SWIDTH, DWIDTH, BBX, etc., when we can put even more
> > glyphs in it if we use bitmap format instead?
> I think Soda pointed out that there should not be any interim
> format, i.e. either wsfontload or kernel should read directly
> X11 fonts. The internal wscons representation of the (X11) font
> can only use relevant information of course.

No, the font format being used in 'uwscons' driver is not new at all and
is completely _same_ as one being used in existing wscons and display 
drivers, except that it allows characters to have width of 16. It
should be called "extended", not "interim".


Bang Jun-Young <>