Re: [dwm] dwm's future

From: Haomin Wen <>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 22:50:47 +0800

I do not care antialias or hinting if there are bitmap fonts, but they
are necessary when using some truetype fonts. I use dmenu to show how
fonts are broken.

On Sun, Apr 26, 2009 at 10:13 PM, bill lam <> wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Apr 2009, Haomin Wen wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I am sorry but I really hope dwm can switch to using pango.
>> X fonts are broken and not well supported, at least in Ubuntu. I have six
>> Chinese fonts shown in xlsfonts, but only two of them can be displayed. Two
>> of them only support 16 pixel and 24 pixel size. They are too large, given
>> that my dpi is as low as 75. The other font is arphic ukai, but it is not
>> bitmap font, and therefore broken. WenQuanYi Bitmap Song is a nice bitmap
>> font and covers many encodings, but I can use it for no obvious reason.
>> It seems to me that pango's powerfulness comes with almost no cost.
>> For programmers, there is little difference, or at least it generally will
>> not increase SLOC.
>> For users, they just need to set the font to something like "Sans-10" or
>> "Monosapce-10". It is much simpler than setting X fonts. Besides, fontconfig
>> is powerful. User can set spacing, priority, antialias, hinting, and a lot
>> more properties of fonts, which is necessary for certain fonts.
> Can you give examples, eg url where its title failed to displayed
> properly using firefox? I use debian and previosly ubuntu and found
> no problems. Not sure why correlate bitmap font to broken or not?
> What do you mean by broken? Can you give some screen shoot. Does
> that really matter to have antialias or hinting in the single line
> bar?
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