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  • FreeType 2.8 Completes OpenType Variation Fonts Support

    Phoronix: FreeType 2.8 Completes OpenType Variation Fonts Support

    FreeType 2.8 has been released and this version brings some big features to this widely-used open-source font engine...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...e-2.8-Released

  • #2
    Actually, OpenType was developed by Microsoft only, this newer method, 'OpenType Variations' was a joint development between Microsoft, Google, Apple and Adobe, as such it is pretty much the new standard.

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    • #3
      What LOAD_TARGET_LCD is now a variant of LOAD_TARGET_LIGHT? But LOAD_TARGET_LCD is what we use for full hinting.. So now full hinting in some applications will be light?

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      • #4
        Stuff like this is massive for DTP and content creation in general. I am looking forward to leveraging it.

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        • #5
          I've always preferred FreeType font rendering to other OSes. Glad to see it didn't take them too long to do such a big and important update to OpenType

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          • #6
            My biggest font problem on Linux is that Pango doesn't support color emoji.

            On Windows 10 you have emoji, but not on Linux. I copied the Segoe UI font from Windows 10 to my Linux installation but I still don't get pretty colored emoji like on Windows. I only get monochrome emoji. This is because Pango lacks support.

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            • #7
              The news text reads like Microsoft has developed and contributed the code to Freetype.

              They didn't.

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              • #8
                be GREAT to get this in F26 as a late inclusion, surely Fesco could do that.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                  My biggest font problem on Linux is that Pango doesn't support color emoji.

                  On Windows 10 you have emoji, but not on Linux. I copied the Segoe UI font from Windows 10 to my Linux installation but I still don't get pretty colored emoji like on Windows. I only get monochrome emoji. This is because Pango lacks support.
                  You have to take the right one. Microsoft has both a monochrome and color version of the font. On non-Windows 10 it was only monochrome, and I think they are both still there in Windows 10. Also note there a multiple bitmap font formats, make sure you get a color font format supported by freetype (though I think they do use the MS one, but better check).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by carewolf View Post

                    You have to take the right one. Microsoft has both a monochrome and color version of the font. On non-Windows 10 it was only monochrome, and I think they are both still there in Windows 10. Also note there a multiple bitmap font formats, make sure you get a color font format supported by freetype (though I think they do use the MS one, but better check).
                    I think the problem is that Pango does not support color emoji.

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