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dman777
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2020 12:18 am    Post subject: Which is the best font config to use in 2020? Reply with quote

Trying to improve the fonts on my Gentoo system both in terminals in X(urxvt) and in the browser.

I was wondering if anyone can tell me, please:

1) Are infinality for freetype fonts still a higher quality font rendering in 2020?
2) Is it better to use auto-hint without lcdfilter and sub pixel rgb?
3) Is it better to use lcdfilter and sub pixel rgb without auto-hint?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try all that and find out (you probably have by now). Monitors are different so what looks best on one screen can look bad on another...and that's even before personal subjectivity comes into it (the fact that the *same* screen can look good and bad simultaneously to two different people, depending on whether they prefer smooth-but-fuzzy or sharp-but-aliased or whatever). I copied a fully configured system across to another one with a big screen and thought for a while that the fonts just looked bad because the screen was so much bigger (still only full HD)...and then one day thought to change the hinting from RGB to something else (I can't remember what...vertical BGR or whatever) and suddenly everything looked great. Just two different screens with different hinting requirements.

Font choice matters too. I've got all the infinality stuff on and it does look great overall, but there are still some fonts that just don't look good on the screen (they may look gorgeous in print but they just haven't been designed with pixels in mind), and then others like Terminus that somehow manage to look good (as in clear, on the screen...not necessarily nice to read though) no matter what we do. I don't think there's any substitute for trying different settings for yourself and seeing whether you like them. Auto-hint sounds like a bad idea to me, but again it depends on the font: if you're using fonts that don't know how to hint themselves it might improve their appearance...only one way to find out.
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