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Re: Fonts do not look so nice as before F6



On Fri, 2006-10-27 at 16:30 -0400, Deron Meranda wrote:
> On 10/27/06, Jeff Gustafson <ncjeffgus zimage com> wrote:

> >         The font looked terrible initially.  The 0's (zeroes) had an
> > off-centered dot in the middle.  The bold fonts in evolution's email
> > list looked too bold.  I recompiled freetype with the byte-code
> > interpreter and now everything looks wonderful (except for N's and W's
> > on linuxtoday.com).  The zeroes have a perfectly centered dot in them
> > now.
> 
> Interesting.
> 
> BTW I tried reducing the font hinting level to "slight" and all the
> kerning issues went away.  But if it's set up for medium or full then
> the kerning is embarrassing  Of course the letter shapes aren't
> perfect, but they're passable.  Everything still just looks too bold
> though; or rather the bold faces look like extra-bold faces.
> 
> Jeff, exactly how did you recompile freetype?

	Get the .src.rpm file.
	rpm -ivh freetype-2.2.1-10.fc6.src.rpm 
	cd /usr/src/redhat/SPEC
	edit freetype.spec and change the spec file so the
'without_bytecode_interpreter' is 0 instead of 1.
	rpmbuild -bb freetype.spec.  

> My understanding is that the byte code interpreter is poisoned by
> being patent-encumbered by Apple Computer, and so has to be
> disabled in FC6 by default.  

	True.

> But I never had problems with the free
> alternative auto-hinting not working beautifully in FC5.  Has this
> situation changed?

	I have no idea.  I've always recompiled to use the bytecode interpreter
even though it has problems with N's and W's in one of the fonts.  All
the other fonts look great.
	The off-centered dot in the 0's really bothered me!  I had to do it!  I
wonder why a free font cannot get the dot centered in a free font
engine.

			...Jeff


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