[scribus] Fonts, worthy or not?
bmcken at pobox.com
Mon Apr 4 22:27:54 CEST 2011
On 4/4/2011 12:28 PM, JLuc wrote:
> on Le 04/04/2011 20:05, Barry McKenna a écrit :
>> "Hinting" is the task of analyzing each glyph at each and
>> every point size and making sure that each *pixel* is
>> pushed/aligned in exactly the *best* location in the grid
>> of pixels that are available at each of the specific point
>> I have been extremely hesitant to ask this question
>> because I don't want it to be taken as some kind of bash
>> Scribus, because to me, Scribus is one of the most
>> wonderful gifts I have ever received.
> I understand this hesitation. A wonderful gift of yours
> would be not to stop after the bashing, but to give hints
> and names of suitable fonts !
>> So, I'd be especially grateful if anyone would offer any
>> comments about the 'hinting' issue with most of the free
>> installed with Scribus and most of the free fonts offered
>> on the web.
>> (...and this doesn't even bring us up to the next task of
>> kerning, which can't be applied until each glyph at each
>> size is hinted...)
>> Barry McKenna
Unfortunately, I haven't got any suggestions for free fonts
with good hints. I've yet to discover any, although I
haven't spent a lot of time looking. What time I have
invested has discouraged me from investing much more,
because I happen to use the old standby Times Roman, for two
reasons: I find it to be one of the best (readability) for
body text. I've done some previewing from time to time at
the major font foundries and bought some variations of Stone
years ago. But those were in Type 1 format and not usable
for me any more.
Eventually I'll be releasing a font with my scores of
technical glyphs added in the Unicode Private Use area, but
the regular text glyphs in my font won't do much for you
because they're sans serif and very similar to Arial...
...so maybe now that I/we have raised this subject, people
can now start including the issue of hinting when they talk
about fonts here...Again, I've hesitated to raise this
because online threads can start to get nasty
sometimes...but then again, Scribus is not of much use
without fonts. But, again, the mainstays that come with my
Windows install do pretty well for me. I like Palatino and
Georgia, but they don't look too nice when you have use a
lot of numbers because of the descenders, in Palatino anyway...
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