Author Topic: Fonts in X11 under Linux  (Read 9042 times)

el borba

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Fonts in X11 under Linux
« on: July 22, 2006, 01:15:57 am »
Yeah, I know, there's already a topic for this... but for OSX.

I just wanted to add that we could also use the same thing under Linux.

I websearched for free fonts especially designed for use by programmers
(crisp and clearly-differentiated characters).  I found quite a few, though
many were for Windows.  None of the X11 fonts were worth much, at least
on my laptop. I run at a high resolution so smallish point sizes end up too
small to read.  But the fonts became _really_ ugly when scaled up.

This almost certainly has more to do with X11 than SlickEdit.  I don't know
how much work it would be for SE to develop their own X fonts, and they
probably don't have the expertise in-house.  But I can wish, eh?  Maybe SE
could research the not-free fonts to see if any would work well with SE.

I've been a SlickEdit user since Version 4, on Windows, and it always looks
great there.  Very readable.

 

rwehrli

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 12:39:10 pm »
Why not just use your Windows true type fonts under Linux?

Take Care.

Rob!

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 10:14:32 pm »
Using Windows TT fonts in X under Linux would be great, except that, IIRC, SlickEdit doesn't anti-alias those fonts, so they don't look very good.  The same is true under OS X.

Kohei

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2006, 03:22:24 am »
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Using Windows TT fonts in X under Linux would be great, except that, IIRC, SlickEdit doesn't anti-alias those fonts, so they don't look very good.  The same is true under OS X.
Starting with version 11, SlickEdit supports Xft on Linux platforms, which means that true-type fonts are properly anti-aliased.

dmw

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2006, 01:39:17 pm »
Thanks Kohei.  I stand corrected.  What about OS X?

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2006, 04:50:34 pm »
The OS X version still doesn't do anti-aliasing yet, since Mac OS X uses a different font handling mechanism.  We're still investigating how best to handle fonts on that platform.  I'm not really a Mac expert, so I can't really tell you at this point how easy or difficult that might be to improve our font support for Mac.

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Re: Fonts in X11 under Linux
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2006, 05:12:29 pm »
So did you find a good Windows TT font to use on Linux?  Luxi Mono 13pt is my favorite so far, but it doesn't cover unicode.