Subject: Re: Building without "modern" font support
To: Martin Husemann <>
From: Greg A. Woods <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 05/19/2004 20:46:00
[ On Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 19:38:47 (+0200), Martin Husemann wrote: ]
> Subject: Re: Building without "modern" font support
> So I rebuild everything without the PREFER_NATIVE* stuff - and the result
> is even worse. So I filed a PR about it:
>   pkg/25624: font rendering broken
> There is a screenshot at,
> since it's hard to believe how bad it is w/o looking at it. This screen is
> on a TFT, and gnome-font-properties is set to sub pixel smoothing, and
> full hinting.

Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words!

I had no idea what you were talking about until I saw that!  ;-)

I wouldn't call that a rendering problem -- it's more of an alignment
problem.  Some characters aren't on their baselines and some seem to
even be off-centre in their bounding boxes.

The rendering of the lines in the characters actually looks pretty good,
at least given the way XV displays that PNG on either my monochrome
screen or my 8-bit colour screen.  The point size you've chosen isn't
all that small though, at least not for a high-res screen, so it's not
surprising that the rendering looks OK to me.

I don't think changing the "hinting" or "anti-aliasing" (pixel
smoothing?) settings could ever correct this problem.

						Greg A. Woods

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