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herr_tichy
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:04 am    Post subject: some fonts are broken in Chromium but not in Firefox Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a problem with Chromium. Some fonts look broken there, see this example:

http://i.imgur.com/S2XeES9.png

The same page in Firefox looks okay:

http://i.imgur.com/VTbCSnQ.png

I don't even know where to start with this issue, can you guys point me in the right direction? Thanks!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are lots of guides about getting nice fonts in linux. Like these:

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/subpixel.php
http://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Fontconfig

What really made a difference for me, was adding those substitutions in /etc/fonts/local.conf

Code:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
  <alias>
    <family>sans-serif</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
      <family>Droid Sans</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans</family></default>
  </alias>
  <alias>
    <family>serif</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
      <family>Droid Sans</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans</family></default>
  </alias>
  <alias>
    <family>monospace</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family>
      <family>Droid Sans Mono</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family></default>
  </alias>
  <match target="font">
    <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
      <const>hintfull</const>
    </edit>
  </match>
  <alias>
    <family>Arial</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
      <family>Ubuntu</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans</family></default>
  </alias>   
  <alias>
    <family>Helvetica</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
      <family>Ubuntu</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans</family></default>
  </alias>   
  <alias>
    <family>Verdana</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans</family>
      <family>Ubuntu</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans</family></default>
  </alias>   
  <alias>
    <family>Courier</family>
    <prefer>
      <family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family>
      <family>Ubuntu Mono</family>
    </prefer>
    <default><family>DejaVu Sans Mono</family></default>
  </alias>   
</fontconfig>


Those are the most common fonts in the web. If you want to add some others you might find this chrome extension useful, since it will help you identify the fonts that a given block in a given web page use:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/whatfont/jabopobgcpjmedljpbcaablpmlmfcogm?hl=en
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