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Re: System fonts

From: Kazunobu Kuriyama
Subject: Re: System fonts
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 17:10:41 +0900
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; ja-JP; rv:1.4) Gecko/20030624 Netscape/7.1


The main problem is not to implement it somehow, but to get it fast enough right from the start. If font substitution or even just the check, if it is needed take to much time, the whole GNUstep text system will be come unusable.

(1) Although some people allegedly believe that CJK fonts make system
   response significantly slow, I've never met anyone here in Japan who
   complains of it. In fact, they doesn't make anything noticeably slow.
   The first practical wordprocessing software for the Japanese language
   appeared about 15 to 20 years ago.  It's not an issue of the 21st
(2) True, font substitute makes the system a little bit slow.  But as a
   matter of fact, all other GUI toolkits/frameworks were somehow succeeded
in coming through this difficulty. Why doesn't this happen with GNUstep?
(3) As for X11, unnecessary fonts won't be loaded automatically.  So dear
European users, you don't need to worry about that aweful oriental script;
   it won't get in the way of your life.

Consequently, if font substitute actually makes something slow, it's a matter
of implementation, neither underlying systems nor h/w in use.  Other GUI
toolkits and framesworks prove it.

- Kazunobu Kuriyama

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