Fontconfig Enable Autohinting
The automatic-hinting feature in FreeType is enabled by default in Fedora 18.
- Name: Akira TAGOH
- Email: email@example.com
- Targeted release: Fedora 18
- Last updated: 2012-07-20
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The automatic-hinting feature in FreeType has been developed to make better rendering without fonts-provided/format-specific hints. It's stable enough because it has been maintained/improved over 10 years since launched and as we got a request in Bug#708525, it may be a good time to enable it by default.
Although it's supposed to work better for most of fonts, there may be the case not working better, for instance, due to the own hinting data gives much better. in this case, the font packagers can adds the following rules in the own config file:
<match target="font"> <test name="family" compare="eq" ignore-blanks="true"><string>FamilyName</string></test> <edit name="autohint" mode="assign"><bool>false</bool></edit> </match>
Benefit to Fedora
Enabling the automatic-hinting feature may gives us the better rendering.
The change will be made in Fontconfig as the global configuration. basically no need updating other packages unless it introduces the bad or poor rendering for any fonts because, for instance, the own hinting data may gives us better than this feature. in that case, those fonts may wants to be turn off this feature in their own config file.
How To Test
Comparing the rendering on ftview in freetype-demos package would be easier way.
$ ftview 8 /path/to/font.ttf
and press `6' to change the rendering mode and `f' to toggle auto-hinting.
The user will see better rendering as of this feature is enabled.
No dependencies. one line change in the spec file is required to be done.
Revert the change if too many fonts packages badly affects and may be good to consider enabling the auto-hinting in the fonts packages for their better rendering.
Fontconfig in Fedora 18 now enables the automatic-hinting feature in FreeType by default, to get better rendering on the desktops.