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Re: fonts for gfxmenu, help needed

From: Qianqian Fang
Subject: Re: fonts for gfxmenu, help needed
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:46:59 -0500
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Michal Suchanek wrote:
Thanks for these tips. I guess wider by one px is acceptable for an
alternate font, the fonts need not be displayed both at the same time.
I am not sure if lower quality glyphs of correct shape are preferred
over higher quality Chinese glyphs, though. I guess it would also
depend on reader preference but it would be nice to hear the opinion
of somebody familiar with Japanese.

Using different fonts for different language makes life easier.

For me the Song/Mincho variant fonts seem more readable at small
sizes. Although the serifs aren't clearly visible they often add
weight to the stroke ends and make them easier to recognize. However,
this may be matter of preference/reader familiarity with the
language/overall font quality/...

I think that there is not much need for smaller fonts than the default
16px/12pt Unifont. It would be nice addition to have a font for
fine-print but I am personally more interested in larger font sizes
for captions or simple menus on high resolution screens.

In the larger sizes the difference between different font styles is
more visible.

I misunderstood the call. You want to have fonts larger than 12pt,
not smaller, as we usually concern. That's fine, actually that is
a lot easier to handle.

I don't know what sizes you prefer, you can find bitmap resources
at typical sizes at 24px/32px/48px. Indeed, using freetype/autohint,
the rasterization of the popular CJK fonts may entirely usable
at these sizes.

In the following links, I experimented to hint/instruct/rasterize
the common CJK fonts, and I think the results are quite usable:

 WQY Micro address@hidden:
 WQY Micro address@hidden:

Japanese address@hidden (efont f24):
 Chinese address@hidden (uming):

Except the efont 24px, all screenshots were made by rasterizing
vector fonts with freetype2 with autohints. Here are the steps
to reproduce:

1. open a TTF/TTC files in fontconfig, navigate to CJK zone (U4E00-U9FCB)
2. select tens to hundreds of glyphs, select menu Hint\Autohint
3. then, goto menu Element\Font Info...\PS Private, hit Add and add
  multiple PS hints, include StdHW and StdVW, use the guessed values
4. select menu Hint\AutoInstruct
5. select menu Element\Bitmap Strikes Available\, type whatever
  pixel sizes you want in the 3rd box, check freetype, and click ok
6. now from menu View, select the strike you just generated

As I mentioned earlier, if you want to produce Japanese Hei-style
Kanji bitmaps, you can apply the above procedures to
DroidSansJapanese. And of course, the bigger the size, the better the

Let me know if you need any additional information.

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