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Re: When and how to register various font backends

From: Andy Moreton
Subject: Re: When and how to register various font backends
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:54:04 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.50 (windows-nt)

On Fri 14 Jun 2019, Eli Zaretskii wrote:

> I'm not sure removing x (and gdi on Windows) is a good idea, even in
> Emacs 28.  I understand (more accurately, was told very recently) that
> HarfBuzz was designed to be able to work with any font, not just OTF,
> but I'm not sure our integration of HarfBuzz allows that.  We should
> actively test that with old fonts, like bitmapped fonts and BDF,
> before we make the decision.  For example, I suspect the methods we
> currently use for finding fonts suitable for HarfBuzz filter out
> non-OTF fonts (at least on Windows, this is definitely so).

A quick test using the "System" font on Windows confirms that:


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