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RE: T1 Font Support

From: ian . mondragon
Subject: RE: T1 Font Support
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 07:36:27 -0600

Re: T1 fonts - I look forward to lending a hand if I can.

Re: UserDefaults - I don't see why it would be too difficult to include a
DefaultsConfig utility into GNUConfig (see http://www.dragonhelix.org) that
would be *strikingly* similar to NeXT's utility...any thoughts?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Wim Oudshoorn [SMTP:address@hidden
> Sent: Friday, November 10, 2000 3:00 AM
> To:   Mondragon, Ian
> Cc:   address@hidden
> Subject:      Re: T1 Font Support
> On Wed, 8 Nov 2000 address@hidden wrote:
> > Wim -
> > 
> > (a)
> > e-pat you on the back for how nice the work you've done looks <pat,
> pat>,
> > and (b) ask if you'd be willing to send me the code in case I could be
> of
> > assistance in trying to help out with the project?  
> Thank you for (a).  
> About (b) I will make the source available this weekend.
> However,  it really is a proof of concept.   The hard part 
> is not the rendering of the text.  I use T1lib for that and
> use the bitmap drawing routines already available in
> the xgps backend.
> The hard part however, is making the font system fit
> with the rest of GNUstep.  That is:
> - Provide the T1 fonts to the GNUstep system.
> - Map the names of the T1 fonts to names like `Helvetica' and back.
> - Get all the font charactersitcs right.
> - Make it possible to mix AA fonts and non AA fonts.
> - Make it possible to use Xlib fonts and T1 fonts
>  at the same time.
> Etc.
> I will try to make a inventarisation of these problems/issues
> over the weekend (I have already started, but it takes time)
> Deciding how to go about these issues and how the
> font configuration should be implementend takes
> probably more time than implementing them.  
> For me anyway because I am new to GNUstep.
> (I have Openstep experience but mainly on the non-GUI
> part).
> >I've currently got a
> > couple of large projects of my own on the front burners (see
> > http://www.dragonhelix.org for the details of them, if curious), but I
> would
> > love to make myself more useful in terms of contributing to the overall
> > quality of GNUstep - which your T1 font support most definitely does.
> > 
> > - Ian
> Well, it is funny how priorities differ between people.
> I would say that the T1 font support is a nice to have,
> but what is seriously lacking are programs that actually
> do something usefull,  like a configuration utility!
> The reason I took the T1  font support up was that it
> is small project and gives immediate satisfaction ;-)
> Side note:  as a developper I would like to see
> some GUI application that manages the 
> NSUserDefaults in a nice way.  Well, maybe
> after I have finished this.
> Greetings,
> Wim Oudshoorn.

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