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3.9.2 Freetype fonts

Freetype fonts use a plugin (currently not available on 64bit VMs) interfacing the FreeType2 library to read font data used in layout, and rendering individual glyphs. This library support a large variety of font definition file formats, including e.g., TrueType and Adobe Type 1 fonts. For documentation and more details, see http://freetype.sourceforge.net/freetype2/index.html.

Freetype will scan the Fonts subfolder, as well as standard operating system locations, so exactly which fonts are available differ from machine to machine. If a font is to be used as default, it should therefore be shipped along with the image.

The freetype font rendering support advanced features such as:

  • subpixel-positioning (Float-precision character widths)
  • hinting (Adjusting glyph-shapes to pixel boundaries)
  • kerning (Spacing for adjacent glyphs adjusted based on their shape, like AV being closer together than their individual glyph widths would suggest)

User Contributed Notes

rydier (5 August 2010, 12:47 am)

thanks, I updated it a tiny bit :)

jfitzell (29 May 2010, 12:42 am)

I've never seen "f.ex." used in English before. "e.g." would be normal if you didn't want to actually spell out "for example" or rework the sentence so you don't need it (even e.g. sounds pretty academic).

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