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Re: Status of multicolor fonts?

From: Clément Pit--Claudel
Subject: Re: Status of multicolor fonts?
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 22:14:14 -0500
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On 12/16/2015 09:47 PM, Yuri Khan wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 4:20 AM, Clément Pit--Claudel 
> <address@hidden> wrote:
>> This seems to be using Apple-specific APIs, however, so it probably
>> does not help much for other platforms. Still, it would be nice to
>> have similar features on GNU/Linux. The patches that allowed this
>> to function on MacOS were small; I wonder if it would be the same
>> on other platforms.
> If you want it on X11/GNU/Linux, you better start by convincing 
> FreeType developers and/or sending them a patch. I sure don’t want 
> each application implementing color fonts separately — if they get 
> implemented at all, I want to be able to disable them everywhere
> with just one user setting.

Fortunately, support for this was added in Freetype in 2013, so I won't have 
much convincing to do, nor much patch-sending. It's also implemented in 
FontConfig. Plenty of applications compiled for GNU/Linux support it out of the 
box too, such as Mozilla Firefox and Chrome Linux.
As for disabling it, it's pretty easy: just don't enable it :) That is, just 
don't install a multicolor font.


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