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  2. JDK-6275318

RFE: use fontconfig to expand GTK logical font definitions


    • Type: Enhancement
    • Status: Closed
    • Priority: P4
    • Resolution: Duplicate
    • Affects Version/s: 6
    • Fix Version/s: None
    • Component/s: client-libs
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      Swing's GTK look and feel does not expand the definitions of "sans", "serif",
      "monospace" used via GTK. They are mapped to the JDK's definitions of these fonts.
      What this means is that if they are mapped to different physical fonts - as is
      typical - then the fonts in the GTK Look and Feel will not appear identical to
      the ones in GTK apps - although their sizes will be correct.

      In addition to the set of fonts which map these, fontconfig also provides
      a way for an app to express a language preference, which it uses to give priority
      in the returned list to fonts which support that language. Pango uses this, and
      Pango text APIs are what used by GTK, so to be most compatible, JDK should do
      this do.

      Additionally fontconfig provides means to return additional information about
      how the font should be rendered, such as prefer embedded bitmaps, or use LCD text,
      n a per font basis which may over-ride a user's desktop settings. All of these settings
      aren't in themselves sufficient. fontconfig doesn't do any rendering - it just
      describes system/user preferences and configuration. Pango uses this information
      in rendering requests using Xft and freetype.

      So, by calling into fontconfig, JDK should be able to build JDK composite font
      definitions which use the same fonts and exhibit the same rendering behaviour
      as GTK.

      Additionally when a physical font is specified in GTK, fontconfig is still used
      to obtain fallbacks so that additional script support is present. This also
      implies building a composite font and is almost identical to what already happens
      in the windows look and feel.

      ###@###.### 2005-05-24 16:54:08 GMT


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                prr Philip Race
                prr Philip Race
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