Re: Pango API extension: pango_font_matches_description

On 12 Mar 2001, Sven Neumann wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm working on a glyph cache that works with Pango and I got it
> working with the current Pango API using pango_font_describe()
> and pango_font_description_equal(). Since I have to call these
> functions for each glyph I lookup in my cache, the fact that
> these calls create a new PangoFontDescription by copying it from
> the internal structs introduces a significant performance problem.
> As a solution I propose the addition of a new method in the
> PangoFont class: pango_font_matches_description() which is passed
> a PangoFont and a PangoFontDescription and does the comparison
> in place.
> Below is a patch that I would like to see included. Owen, if you
> like this, please give me a "Go" for committing this to CVS.

This looks totally broken.

First of all a glyph cache on the level you seem to suggest here does not
fit the pango API at all. If you need a glyph cache you should do so in
the pango module (i.e. in pangoft2). There was actually a glyph cache in
the old GtkFB pango/freetype module, but i haven't moved that over to
pangoft2 when i made that switch.

Second, there is no-one-to one correspondance between PangoFonts and
PangoFontDescriptions. There can be aliases, and several fonts may match a
PangoFontDescription. How would you match "Comic Sans MS, Arial, Helvetica
18 bold" to a PangoFT2 font that represents arial for instance?

/ Alex

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