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Re: font-backend

From: Kenichi Handa
Subject: Re: font-backend
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 18:29:00 +0900
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In article <address@hidden>, Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden> writes:

> > >   Can someone "in the know" please post an explanation of the
> > >   font-backend feature, and what are its advantages/disadvantages?
> > 
> > The reason most people seem to use it (and I think just about
> > _everybody_ who I've seen mention building unicode-branch or post-merge
> > emacs, seems to) because they want anti-aliased fonts.
> > 
> > Some other advantages might be better integration with modern
> > client-side font mechanisms, particularly font-selection, instead of
> > using the traditional (and largely regarded as "crufty") X font
> > mechanism.

I think the biggest advantage is the Emacs can use OTF with
the font-backend mechanism.  For such script as Indic, it's
vital matter.

> Thanks, but I also asked about disadvantages.

Once the code gets stable, I think there's no disadvantage.

Kenichi Handa

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