Craig.Drummond at gmx.net
Sat Sep 7 03:37:00 BST 2002
Keith Packard's new font configuration library, fontconfig, has just been
released. Currently, kcontrol/fonts and kcontrol/kfontinst alter the old Xft
configuration file (either /etc/X11/XftConfig or ~/.xftconfig). However,
fontconfig uses an XML based config file (either /etc/fonts/fonts.conf or
~/.fonts.conf). The fcpackage tar.gz file, obtainable at www.fontconfig.org,
contains code for an Xft1 replacement that is (should be?) binary compatible
with the old, but uses the fontconfig configuration files.
The code in kcontrol/fonts/kxftconfig.cpp (& h) can be compiled to work with
fontconfig (it just needs the HAVE_FONTCONFIG #define). However, this code
has not been fully tested - and I am no expert on XML (the XML code in these
files is all I have *ever* written). It does seem to work, with the
exception being that the output indentation seems to be messed up - is this a
I would like to add the attatched configure.in.in file to kcontrol/fonts so
that fontconfig can be checked for, and used if found.
However, I'm not sure if this is allowable at this stage - seeing as we're in
a feature freeze. The problem is that XFree86 V4.3 (which will use
fontconfig) is scheduled to be released sometime between KDE3.1 and KDE3.2
Should this wait for KDE3.1.1? Or just leave for KDE3.2?
p.s. The attatched file contains fonts/configure.in.in, fonts/Makefile.am, and
kfontinst/kfontinst/Makefile.am. All 3 need to be used - and both
kcontrol/fonts and kcontrol/kfontinst need to be rebuilt.
p.p.s. Can someone with XML experience look at the code
(kcontrol/fonts/kxftconfig.cpp) and tell me why the indentation is soo badly
messed up - and how to fix it?
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