Font rendering in F13

Ilyes Gouta ilyes.gouta at
Wed May 26 18:07:14 UTC 2010


On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 6:30 PM, Martin Sourada
<martin.sourada at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-05-26 at 10:29 -0400, Matthew Miller wrote:
>> On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 09:51:53PM +0200, drago01 wrote:
>> > The patents for the former expired but apparently some fonts look
>> > worse with it so we decided to disable it.
>> > (I have been running with it enabled for years and for me stuff does
>> > look _way_ better with the bci ... but well this is a subjective
>> > thing).
>> Take a look at the two screenshots I attached to bug
>> <>.
>> I think that, while it might be subjective, it's pretty clear that the
>> "without bytecode" version is much, much better for Inconsolata -- which I
>> spend my day using.
> Depends on the criteria you use. The "with bytecode" version has better
> kerning, better shapes, better flow, but is blurry (yeah, without
> subpixel hintinting the fonts just are blurry and that's the main cause
> why people say they look ugly). The "with bytecode" on the other hand is
> perfectly crisp, but the shapes are worse, the flow is not so smooth,
> some letters look a little deformed... With that said I use subpixel
> hinting and I usually personally prefer the autohinter (but this one
> depends on the font, some look better to me autohinted, some using
> BCI...).
> But generally, if font looks bad hinted when using BCI, it's most likely
> a bug in font, but when BCI is not present we need to fall back to
> autohinter, not just turn off the hinting.
> Martin
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