Re: ["gtk-i18n-list"] Font Rendering backends

Here are the two images side by side:,POLlkVl#0

The first is graphical emacs, while the second is rendered by the terminal (terminator).  They're slightly, yet definitively different.

I'm not looking for all the possible reasons, but rather an overview of the font rendering system, and how Pango/xft/fontconfig/X11 all interact.


On Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM, suzuki toshiya <mpsuzuki hiroshima-u ac jp> wrote:

There might be so many possibilities of the reason why they
are different, so I recommend to post the screenshot how
they are rendered differently. However, I'm unfamiliar with
the font backend in Emacs...


Michael Gummelt wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm just learning how font rendering on linux works, and I'm trying to
> understand why my fonts look different in terminator (a gnome application)
> and graphical emacs.  The terminator man page says that the font config can
> be set to a "Pango font name", which suggests it's using Pango to render
> fonts.  My font, DejaVu Sans Mono, looks great in terminator, but not so
> good in graphical emacs.  I assume graphical emacs is using raw xft?  But I
> thought Pango uses xft as a backend, so they should look the same, right?
> My question is, what is the separation of duties of each of these font
> tools, and why might the same font be rendered differently in each
> application?  Is there any way to get emacs to render fonts as well as
> terminator?
> Thanks,
> Michael
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