Re: [dev][st] patch: aggressively disable antialiasing

From: Christoph Lohmann <>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:43:57 +0100


On Fri, 08 Mar 2013 06:43:57 +0100 "Galos, David" <> wrote:
> > you know what sucks about this patch? there is no command line flag to
> > disable aa. whats up.
> It never occurred to me that anyone would want aa fonts. This patch
> just prevents FcFontMatch or its family from ever messing aa if it is
> specified in the user pattern.

I’m using AA fonts – all the time. They look non‐edgy and really, I just
got used to them because I manually enforced aa due to this fontconfig
crap deactivating it in surf, so websites looked edgy. But there’s the
whole problem. Here st is adding a workaround for something fontconfig
and xft should do on their own. If I specify antialias=false, then the
font really should be antialiased. There shouldn’t be any reason for do‐
ing this manual hack, which is just a hack to work around a misdesign in
fontconfig and xft.

Anyone here has the abilities or skills to send patches to xft or font‐
config to fix this mess?

I don’t have a good gut feeling by adding such a flag to vanilla st be‐
cause someone stupid from that X* crap pile projects was unable to pro‐
duce something useful and flexible how it should be.


Christoph Lohmann
Received on Fri Mar 08 2013 - 06:43:57 CET

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