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Re: Question regarding the defaults of stem darkening

From: Werner LEMBERG
Subject: Re: Question regarding the defaults of stem darkening
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:16:33 +0200 (CEST)

> According to documentation and some other blog entries of FreeType,
> it seems that stem darkening is enabled by default for CFF fonts.
> However, when looking at the source, it seems that it’s disabled
> unconditionally:
> Running git blame shows that it’s disabled in 75722f8, a commit from
> 5 years ago.

Thanks for noticing; this is a bug in the documentation, now fixed in
the git repository.

> Is my understanding correct that stem darkening isn’t actually
> enabled by default even for CFF?  (Although, that would be a bit
> strange since OpenType fonts does look better than TrueType font on
> my computer.)

It was switched off to give a uniform look if combined with TrueType
fonts.  We hope to eventually implement stem-darkening for TrueType,


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