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From: Richard Stallman
Subject: address@hidden: fonts on terminal?]
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 23:05:02 -0400

Is there any chance you could work on this?
Since you wrote the tty color stuff, this would probably
be easier for you than for anyone else.

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From: Marcus Brinkmann <address@hidden>
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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 21:23:41 +0200


I am writing the GNU Hurd console right now, and can easily support several
fonts at the same time.  This would allow you to switch to normal,
italic, or even real bold (not extra bright colors, but bold glyphs) using
terminal escape sequences.  There is a standard sequence for italics,
sitm/ritm, but no default sequence for real bold (termcap bold is usually used 
get the other 8 of the 16 available foreground color).

Of course, because this feature is obscure on todays PCs (although not on
all terminals in existance), it not used by modern curses applications, but
it could be.  Is there interest in supporting alternative (italics, bold)
faces for font lock mode in emacs, and would it be easy for you to add it?
Then I will add it to the Hurd console, with sitm/ritm for italics, and a
new capability as a GNU extension for real bold (sbom/rbom?  we should
probably consult the ncurses people about that).


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