X TrueType font spacing
malcolm.kay at internode.on.net
Wed Jun 11 07:54:48 PDT 2003
On Wed, 11 Jun 2003 23:47, Jesse D. Guardiani wrote:
> Malcolm Kay wrote:
> > On Wed, 11 Jun 2003 22:52, Jesse D. Guardiani wrote:
> >> parv wrote:
> >> > in message <bc5h87$nb8$1 at main.gmane.org>, wrote Jesse D. Guardiani
> >> > thusly...
> >> >
> >> >> EVERY TIME, the WXP fonts will display fine in MOST KDE
> >> >> applications, but occassionally (like in Konqueror) the horizontal
> >> >> spacing will be all messed up.
> >> >>
> >> >> Basically, every line of text will look like this:
> >> >>
> >> >> T H I S I S A G O O D E X A M P L E
> >> Perhaps I should subscribe to a XFree86 mailling list and ask there.
> > This looks like the effect I get if I (wrongly) use a proportional font
> > in an application that is designed to use a fixed width font -- the
> > effect is not restricted to TTF.
> Well, I can open a Konqueror window using the Luxi Sans TTF and everything
> looks great (Luxi Sans is proportional, I think), but when I switch to
> Courier New, some of the text in Konq is screwed up in the way I explain
This knocks a big hole in my argument -- Courier is a fixed width font.
I have in the passed installed true-type fonts from windows and never noticed
any problems except with the strange ones (windings and the like) for which
the encodings got lost somewhere along the way. In those days that required
a third party true-type font server -- it was not supplied with XFree.
But now-a-days I find I have a good range of fonts some of which I consider
make the Microsoft true-types look rather mediocre. So to reduce confusion
I've given up on the Microsoft ones. I find the Ghostscript fonts quite
useful, and in any case I have them on the system to support ghostscript and
printing -- so one might as well connect them up to X.
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