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Re: the art backend and font

From: Nicolas Roard
Subject: Re: the art backend and font
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2002 20:11:08 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.4i

On Mon, Nov 25, 2002 at 11:56:28AM -0800, Derek Zhou wrote:
> My beef about gnustep was the way it handle fonts and text. The xlib backend 
> cannot use all the fonts that I have, and try to use some fonts that I 
> actually don't have, and no AA. etc. Now we have this promising art backend, 
> but then I am required to hack up an nfont package for each of my fonts, and 
> put them under the GNUstep directory? Why can't we just behave like everybody 
> else (KDE2, GNOME2), and use whatever provided by X? Being 100% OPENSTEP 
> compatible is pointless, I'd rather have something usable sooner.  
> Sorry for flaming. 
> Derek

<my opinion>

Well, because nfonts are a much much better way of handling fonts ?
It's far more easier for the user to deal with nfont packages, which includes 
all the font styles in one place, than dealing with multiple TTF files for
the *same* font.

Of course, it could be a problem if nfonts aren't numerous. But 
that's not exactly the case : check 
for example. And you could quite easily make a nfont package with TTFs.

I agree that it's a problem when you want to cohabit with already existing TTF
fonts... but honnestly, the hard disk space isn't exactly expensive, and the 
for the user is worth that. 

</my opinion>

Nicolas Roard <address@hidden>

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