Re: Pango?

From: Martin Sevior (
Date: Fri Apr 26 2002 - 03:53:12 EDT

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    On Fri, 26 Apr 2002, Tomas Frydrych wrote:

    > > > No, FreeType is independent of any system font mechanism; it
    > > > parses the font files and gives you the glyphs as bitmaps.
    > >
    > > You really must use fontconfig on UNIX though to get the list of
    > > available fonts, font names, etc. though. I don't think shipping a
    > > custom set of fonts with AbiWord is really any good at all for users.
    > > We're getting GTK, Qt, Mozilla, everything on fontconfig, please don't
    > > create exceptions... things are such a mess right now and fontconfig
    > > is such a good idea...
    > The problem we have with fonts on Unix is (1) we can only use
    > scalable fonts (2) we have to be able to use the font on screen and
    > to be able to generate PS output with it. Most fonts installed on a
    > typical Unix do not fall into this category, so we either ship our own
    > set of fonts, or develop a mechanism for filtering unsuitable fonts
    > out. The former is what we do, the latter is what we should do, but
    > we need to take it one thing at a time.

    A solution is to just use gnome-font but then we don't have a gtk-only
    build for unix. That wouldn't bother me very much. gnome will ship with
    late model Solaris and HP_UX anyway and we have AbiWord-1.0.x for small
    devices using linux.



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