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bug #23189: Extra space is back in ttf-freefont (Debian PR)

Submitted by:  None
Submitted on:  Tue 06 May 2008 07:48:21 PM UTC  
Category:  overall font problem Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  letter positioning poor Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  Steve White <Stevan_White>
Originator Email:  -email is unavailable- Open/Closed:  Closed
Release:  2008-03-23

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Fri 12 Sep 2008 06:46:16 PM UTC, comment #2: 

I further responded to the Debian bug -email is unavailable-
The release of FreeFont dated 20080912
goes a long way to solving line spacing problems that arose over the years.

The biggest change is in FreeMono.  It has been demonstrated that in a
properly-invoked xterm, graphic objects that are meant to connect in
adjacent lines, now in fact connect.  See
A proper invocation would be
   $ xterm -fa FreeMono-9:minspace=true

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Thu 08 May 2008 07:54:21 AM UTC, comment #1: 

This is my response, posted against the Debian bug
-email is unavailable-
Tue, May 6, 2008

This issue is well-known: it was discussed in the release notes. I
take it seriously, and I'm working hard on a solution.

It is due to the fixed 15% spacing I introduced (see the release notes
under "Line height")
in all faces in order to stop the chopping of various high and low
characters, rendering much text unreadable.

It was a choice: What's worse?  What's the purpose of FreeFont?  How
much time do I have?

If you really must have FreeMono drawing boxes in xterms, and you're
only using Latin letters, then I agree that an older version will suit
you better.  The 2006 release of FreeFont had very severe line-spacing
problem that was artificially hacked away by a Debian patch.  This in
turn caused other problems that I judged to be also important.

The box-drawing issue has recently been discussed at some length. In
this discussion,
it is argued that the 2003 release of FreeFont was superior on the
basis of xterm box-drawing functionality, even to the Debian 2006

I think it is reasonable for most glyphs to live between the stated
vertical bounds of the font.  For the monospace font especially, such
a limitation is more important than aesthetic balance.  I have now
forced that limitation now on the Roman monospace face and am working
on the others.  But it takes some time.

As to the ideal box-drawing in an xterm, there are various
complications, and cases of smoke and mirrors, on the part of xterm
implementations and console fonts.  I won't pursue this goal very far.

But I have already improved it a lot, and mean to do more.

Steve White <Stevan_White>
Project AdministratorIn charge of this item.
Tue 06 May 2008 07:48:21 PM UTC, original submission:  

this bugreport was recently reported to the Debian BTS [1].
It might be related to an old bugreport [2] open against fontforge.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=479673
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=254295



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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2008-09-12 Stevan_White StatusProceeding => Fixed
        Open/ClosedOpen => Closed
        SummaryExtra space is back in ttf-freefont => Extra space is back in ttf-freefont (Debian PR)
    2008-05-19 Stevan_White StatusNone => Proceeding
        Assigned toNone => Stevan_White
    2008-05-08 Stevan_White Carbon-Copy- => Added davide viti <zinosat@tiscali.it>

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