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bug#19889: bug#22207: emacs-25 mishandles info code text on Fedora 23

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: bug#19889: bug#22207: emacs-25 mishandles info code text on Fedora 23
Date: Fri, 6 May 2016 09:24:11 -0700
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On 05/06/2016 08:58 AM, Eli Zaretskii wrote:
if there's any
problem with that image, can you point it out?

Here is my reaction to Glenn’s attachment to <http://bugs.gnu.org/19889#15>. Some users are reaaaaally annoyed by aliased (“jagged”) fonts, particularly when combined with text that is mostly anti-aliased. The annoyance level can depend on the display technology: due to subpixel rendering, for example, what you see when you look at Glenn’s attachment on your display may differ from what Glenn sees on his display.

Other users aren’t bothered at all.

With all this in mind, I can sympathize with Glenn’s discomfort with his attachment: although on my display it is sort of OK (certainly better than I observed in my attachment to <http://bugs.gnu.org/22207#1>), the serifed text is distractingly blocky.

Plus, there’s another problem with Emacs’s current approach: on my Fedora 23 platform, the jagged font lacks serifs, which defeats the main point of specifying Courier for quoted Info text.

The combination of these two issues makes the Emacs manual look more amateurish on my platform. In contrast, the anti-aliased font is smoother and fits in better. Although many users will not care about the difference, some will. I’ll attach screenshots to try to illustrate.

Although I think this bug should be fixed, the patch’s improvement is small enough that I do not see the bug as a blocker against Emacs 25.

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