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justLinux.com: TrueType Fonts: Getting to the Point

Apr 11, 2000, 04:23 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Dan Peak for this link. ]

"Fonts are nice little letter stylings that display text in new and interesting ways. But, when you come down to it, a character on the screen is just a collection of pixels. So why is Linux limited in how it displays its fonts?"

"When X Window was designed, it was assumed that font pixels came in one of two forms: black or white. Or green and black, or red and white--the point was that there were just two colors: foreground and background. Today, fonts use something called anti-aliasing when they are displayed."

"Anti-aliasing is a technique where grayscale pixels are interspersed around the outlines of characters to give them a smoother appearance. X, with its two-color mentality, can't do anti-aliasing, and thus the fonts look more jagged."

"Still, fonts junkies like me still like to get a hold of everything we can for our documents, and TrueType fonts are pretty pervasive in the computer world."

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