[Mageia-dev] why not disable bytecode interpreter in freetype2 ?
Liam R E Quin
liam at holoweb.net
Wed May 11 06:23:07 CEST 2011
On Wed, 2011-05-11 at 04:57 +0100, Zé wrote:
> In mandriva sincepatent expiration in freetype, fonts display wasnt
> smoth anymore and appeared ugly fonts, this used to exist just in
Note that whether fonts are "ugly" is very subjective, and also varies
depending on one's eyes.
For example, people who wear glasses will often prefer their text *not*
to be antialiased, especially when the screen resolution is under 150
dpi and the viewing distance is under 18 inches / 0.5 metres) or so.
> But since theres no patents issues pending, why not old rendering
> algorithms by default (disable bytecode interpreter), that way fonts
> will have a better rendering and look.
For some fonts and for many (most?) people, this will look worse.
> This is most true for guys that are used to use small fonts, for
> example im used to use Sans size 8
I can't even see size 8 on my laptop without a magnifying glass. Not
because of my vision, but because 8pt text gives letterforms that for
lower case x-height is typically 1.4mm -and 8px gives me 0.7mm high
You can turn off the bytecode interpreter, e.g. using gnome in
preferences/appearance under fonts/details, or in fonts.conf, but you
can't turn it back on if it was disabled at compilation time.
You can also turn off antialiasing and sub-pixel positioning.
Liam Quin - XML Activity Lead, W3C, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/
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