From: Joaquin Cuenca Abela (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Feb 18 2003 - 15:43:27 EST
I'm sorry I've been busy these days. I've just got to this thread...
> Yes, well, if you could tell me how to get a 1440dpi font
> from FontConfig, we'd be much obliged. For us, FC was rather
> stubborn and uncooperative.
If I understand rightly your problem, you want to get the horizontal
advances, height, etc. of a font at 1440 dpi, right?
I guess that you want the metrics and not to draw the font at a so high
And if you want the metrics at a so high resolution, I guess that's just
to use this resolution as a kind of "infinite" resolution, to do the
layout. Am I right?
Then you just need to use the linearHoriAdvance field of the
If you need some example, just ask. Right now I don't have the time to
produce production quality code (read: don't expect caches, etc) but I
should be able to provide any quick example that you need.
FontConfig doesn't provide directly such an API. Remember that its only
goal is to discover and match fonts, not to give the client any font
metrics. For that, you should go directly to freetype (that's why
FontConfig depends explicitely on the freetype API).
> > > ::drawGlyph needs to draw a font at ::getDeviceResolution
> (you may
> > > find it easier to request a 'screen font' of the appropriate size
> > > multiplied by getZoomPercentage()).
> > Again, this is not right. In particular, requesting screen font at
> > real_size = size*zoom results in incorrect scaling (because font
> > metric does not scale linearly with size). This seems to me to be
> > precisely what we have done in the past, and what does not work.
Tomas, here you're slightly wrong.
If we have a font at 12pt, then the requested "size" of the font should
be 12 points, whatever the zoom. To get a bigger font (still at 12pt),
you can change the resolution in which you want the font. Now, except
for some MM fonts with optical scaling (if computer modern had a MM
version, then it will qualify), that's exactly equivalent to requesting
the font at size * zoom.
I say that you should not do it because for some rare fonts it will have
slightly different results (fonts with optical scaling), but for most
fonts it's exactly the same thing as requesting a "size * font" size,
and yet it works perfectly ok.
The problem that Tomas mentions (font metrics doesn't scales linearly)
is not a deal, as anyway you're NOT using the non-linearly scaled font
metrics to layout the text (that's the whole point of the patch), so it
doesn't matters if they're not scaled linearly with the resolution.
> Currently, we are using two fonts. One font should be at
> 1440dpi (we can't actually get this to be the case), but the
> important thing is that it is independent of zoom -- it never
Excuse me if I speak without all the context, because I don't have the
time to read all the new code, but unless I'm missing something obvious,
you don't need two fonts.
Please, don't repeat the 2 fonts mistake (we don't need that in the
fontconfig/xft code). You don't want a real, instanciated font,
independent of the resolution. You want the real, linearly scaled
metrics, of the font that the user is using. You may store it at a high
resolution if you want, but IMO it will be better to use directly the
maximum resolution that the font format is able to give (but I don't
care so much).
One more thing, if you're putting all these things on gr_Graphics,
please, oh please, move all that to a base gr_Font or something. It's
not the gr_Graphics class to know about font metrics...
> changes. This font is not drawn, only measured. On the
You see, you don't really need it :)
P.S.: Congratulations to Pat and Dom for the fixes! I hope to be able
to test them as soon as possible
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