[forum] FontConfig feature request
James Richard Tyrer
Sat, 12 Apr 2003 14:30:53 -0700
IIUC, this is the place to drop in your $0.02 about features for
future XFree86 implementations.
I hope that I understand correctly that the purpose of FontConfig
is so that developers can stop reinventing the wheel.
As I understand KP's brief dox, it is possible to retrieve the
name and location of the font file through calls to FontConfig.
This is needed. So, If I didn't understand correctly, this is a
Other features might be needed to integrate with
The PostScript drivers in programs that print using fonts need to
have the PostScript font name. I understand that this *can* be
added to the: fonts-cache-1 files since values have names.
Unless other features make this redundant, I suggest that:
"psname" be added as a font property and to the list of named
values in the: "fonts.cache-1" file. And that it can be obtained
with a call to FontConfig.
GhostScript works best if the font directories have a Fontmap
file and the directories are added to the: GS_LIB path.
Currently, I use scripts that I have written/copied/hacked that
require the ttf2pt1 package for TrueType. This is very slow for
Since the FontConfig package provides: mkfontdir & mkfontscale
commands, it also needs a: mkfontmap command.
I don't know if it would be a good thing if: fc-cache also added
entries as needed to the GS_LIB path. This is complicated by the
fact that it is *not* necessary to add a directory if it is
already on the GS_LIB_DEFAULT path which is compiled in. But,
"gs -h" provides the complete search path which fc-cache could
use to see if any of the directories which contain a Fontmap need
to be added to: GS_LIB. Clearly, this is a low priority issue.
There may be other support issues for PostScript/GhostScript
including those necessary to produce Type 42 fonts from TrueType