Font scaling [Was: XML file format - Linux vs Windows]

On Wed, 19 Jun 2002, Lars Clausen wrote:

We have, and I did in fact make a renderer that uses it.  If you take the
0.90 tarball and compile with --enable-freetype, you can see pretty
antialiased TrueType fonts.

I started out to try this, but am running into a SEGV :-(  I haven't
looked too closely at it yet, so I'm not sure whether its dia (0.90) or
freetype (2.0.9).
Here's the stacktrace, in case anyone recognises it:

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x4036f610 in ps2_hints_apply () from /usr/lib/
(gdb) where
#0  0x4036f610 in ps2_hints_apply () from /usr/lib/
#1  0x403517ca in FT_Get_Postscript_Name () from /usr/lib/
#2  0x080a2d55 in dia_add_freetype_font ()
#3  0x4024ddaf in g_hash_table_foreach () from /usr/lib/
#4  0x080a3504 in font_init ()
#5  0x0806fc53 in app_init ()
#6  0x0809b5a7 in main ()
#7  0x4041a5b0 in __libc_start_main () from /lib/

If I find anything more, I'll let you know.  (FWIW, I'm pretty sure that
we use FT_Get_Postscript_Name() when printing, and it works for us :-/)

However, I failed to get even that to scale
linearly.  I've tried without hinting and bitmaps, but the scaling is still
odd.  An example diagram is at
and a screenshot of the freetype/libart display at
The purple boxes are the bounding boxes, which scale linearly.

I think we've had similar problems.  If I recall, one of the things to be
very careful about is the numeric types, when working with Freetype.  It
kindof looks a problem with a double/float size being truncated to an
integer somewhere.
I'm pretty sure it works though, as we are constantly rescaling our text.
(In fact, our text is rarely drawn at the same size twice!  zoom in/out, etc)

If you want to fiddle with it, look in lib/font.c and and
app/render_libart.c.  I'm running out of ideas for what to do.

I'll look through the code and see if I see anything obvious.  Until I get
past that SEGV though, I won't be able to try anything :-(

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