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Re: noise: Freetype and Windows

On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, James Michael DuPont wrote:
> --- Lars Clausen <lrclause@cs.uiuc.edu> wrote:
>> On Mon, 28 Oct 2002, Alan G. Isaac wrote:
>> > This is probably just noise, so forgive me.
>> > But I was puzzled by the claim that FreeType
>> > cannot be used under Win32 and the claim
>> > "Apart from a standard ANSI C library, FreeType 2 doesn't
>> > have any external dependencies and can be compiled and
>> > installed on its own on any kind of system."
>> >  http://freetype.sourceforge.net/freetype2/index.html#requirements
>> Well, our main Win32 guy, Hans Breuer, said this the last time I
>> suggested
>> using all FreeType:
>> -----
>> It is currently broken (just once more: please read 'Heads up on
>> Pango Head')
>> cause it uses fontconfig which appears to work on X but IMHO needs a
>> complete rewrite to fit into the win32 platform. Remember on win32
>> there already is a built-in font configuration which does not require
>> an *nix like config files but provides device independent font
>> matching 
>> (same code can be used to render to display or printer or to wmf). 
>> This exactly is what the win32 specific Dia print code does.
>> -----
>> The "Heads up on Pango Head" mentioned is a thread on gtk-i18n-list
>> and
>> gtk-devel-list.  It's not FreeType itself (sorry if I made it look
>> that
>> way), but the Pango interface to FreeType.
> This is interesting,
> currently I am working on free type, getting other errors, but am
> planning on porting it and pango. If dia does not need it, then ok.
> Otherwise, there is defoma, the debian font manager. Otherwise I am
> willing to give it a try, please tell me more.

As I understand it, Win32 Dia only requires Freetype for EPS export.
Printing is done via the native printing interface, and antialiasing via
the native font interface.  


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