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Re: Fixed-pitch and variable-pitch faces

From: Miles Bader
Subject: Re: Fixed-pitch and variable-pitch faces
Date: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 14:17:04 +0900

Chong Yidong <address@hidden> writes:
>> As far as I know, fontconfig's API FcFontMatch is very
>> difficult to use here.  It always returns a font that
>> fontconfig thinks best matching with the given pattern.  If
>> the family name of the returned font is different from the
>> requested one, there's no way to know whether the requested
>> family name is remapped (or selected as an alias) by some
>> config file or not.
>> So, Emacs currently uses FcFontList only (except for such
>> generic families; monospace, sans-serit, serif).
> I see.
> What if Emacs always uses FcFontMatch if it's compiled with fontconfig
> support?  IIUC, this means that fonts using the x font backend are never
> selected, since fontconfig will always try to find a match.  But this
> may be acceptable in practice.

Is there a reason to think that Emacs does a better job than fontconfig
at finding a match?

The current (apparent) unpredictability of Emacs' font-selection can be
quite maddening...


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