[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#799345: Bug#799345: Bug#798805: Status of this bug?

Fabian Greffrath fabian at debian.org
Thu Oct 8 05:03:16 UTC 2015

Am Mittwoch, den 07.10.2015, 13:21 -0700 schrieb Josh Triplett:
> So, I think two separate Debian bugs remain here.  First, for
> libfreetype6, I'd suggest disabling stem darkening as in the 2.6-2.1

I have to say that I am astonished myself about the effect of this
switch. The stems are thin and crisp while still preserving the
individual shapes of the glyphs.

I'd even say that it's wrong not to disable [*] stem darkening as long
as the other parts of the rendering stack do not support this feature
properly, i.e. as long as they don't have implemented support for gamma

[*] That's a triple negation, so: Please disable stem darkening. ;)

> packages above.  Second, for fonts-cantarell, I would still suggest
> shipping the fontconfig configuration that enables autohinting, to
> improve the default/systemwide rendering; however, for that one, I would
> understand if you didn't want to do so, and I can always enable that via
> my own fontconfig.

Please understand that I don't want to deviate from upstream in this
regard anymore. After all, this is very much dependent on one's
individual perception and preference as well as the used hardware.
Furthermore, forcing Cantarell to auto-hinting would negate much of the
hinting work that has just been put into the font.

I think the problem lies in FreeType here, which enables a feature
(i.e. stem darkening) that the actual rendering libraries (e.g. cairo)
aren't able to cope with.

 - Fabian
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