From: Roozbeh Pournader (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Aug 17 2009 - 16:26:16 CDT
On Mon, 2009-08-17 at 16:19 -0400, David Starner wrote:
> How many people out there really can't use programs that
> use 21st century font systems, like GNOME and KDE?
Hard to understand this part of your comment. It's a bit confusing.
> > I personally stick to the core font system because I find bitmapped
> > fonts far clearer and easier to read than ****type fonts in the sizes
> > I use
> As far as I know, Pango supports bitmapped fonts. If not, then perhaps
> the smart thing to do is to improve Pango.
Pango supports both old X11 fonts and OpenType fonts just fine.
It used to do complex script shaping with old X11 fonts too for some
scripts like Arabic, but I don't think anybody is really using/testing
that anymore (I used to prefer bitmaps too, in older days).
I believe we removed the complex script support for old X11 bitmap fonts
all together. Nowadays, complex script support in Pango needs fonts in
the OpenType format (or other advanced font formats). But support for
"simple" text layout with old X11 bitmap fonts is still there. And for
complex scripts, people can use OpenType fonts with embedded bitmaps.
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