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[ft-devel] Turning off stem darkening by default until all drivers suppo

From: Nikolaus Waxweiler
Subject: [ft-devel] Turning off stem darkening by default until all drivers support it?
Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2015 22:12:43 +0100
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So Alexei noted that he found stem darkening too strong. And it got me thinking again. As long as cairo/Qt5/Skia and others don't ship with LAB+GC by default on their X11/Wayland backends, maybe enabling it by default for the CFF driver and autohinter just creates angry users and more work for packagers?

Currently, stem darkening is done inconsistently, so using the native TrueType and Type1 engines won't get you any darkening. Maybe I should work out general support for all drivers first and *then* I can try convincing packagers to ship with it enabled, plus enabled versions of e.g. Qt5 and Skia?

This would also lead to more consistent rendering if we really change the meaning of FT_LOAD_TARGET_LIGHT to mean "Use native Y-only-snapping if driver and font supports it and Y-only autohinter otherwise".

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