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Re: [Devel] font driver for Windows

From: yap
Subject: Re: [Devel] font driver for Windows
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2002 23:58:03 +0800

in Section of Microsoft DDK document,
functions that a "font driver" should support are listed.
but i can't find any example.

on 2000/xp, ATM is a kernel mode driver,
which need special admin right,
i still have no idea how to obtain those right,
according to Yuan Feng, a postscript printer driver
could stay in user mode (so that the development is much more easier)
printer driver can provide "device fonts",
now the only thing left is to confirm "device fonts",
could be used by ,not only on the printer DC, but all Windows AP  .

from windows user point of view, the font driver is useless,
but for font vendor, it will be convenient to have consistant
font appearance on multiple platforms (linux , windows and os/2) .
beside, i think there will be more pleasure beating Microsoft
built in TrueType driver than os/2 one.


----- Original Message -----
From: "David Turner" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Sent: Friday, March 08, 2002 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: [Devel] font driver for Windows

> Hi,
> yap a écrit :
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > does anyone know how to write a "font driver"
> > for FreeType under Windows, so that all Windows AP
> > will enjoy the quality of FreeType ?
> >
> > according to "Windows graphics programming: Win32 GDI and DirectDraw"
> > Yuan Feng from HP,
> >  2000/XP have a mechnisim for 3rd party vendor to create a Font Driver,
> > which could take care of rasterizing process,
> This mechanism doesn't seem to be documented in the MSDN. Do you have
> more information on this, or is this feature only available under NDAs
> from Microsoft ??
> >  somehow like ATM32 (adobe type manager) does,
> > then FreeType Font Driver will handle the *.ft files,
> > so if user want to have FreeType version of Arial.ttf,
> > simply rename or copy arial.ttf to arial.ft,  doesn't it sound great?
> >
> Sounds like FreeType/2, which replaced the TrueType font driver
> in OS/2 some years ago. I believe it's still better than the native
> one distributed with the OS, even after several fixpacks :-)
> While it'd be nice to have, I don't think it's worth too much
> trouble or that Microsoft would allow such a thing..
> Regards,
> - David Turner
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