Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71336
Badly distorted fonts when not using anti-aliasing
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:03 EDT
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Description of problem:
If I use anti-aliasing, fonts appear smooth - but the
moment I turn this off, things get seriously ugly and unreadable - in KDE,GNOME,
Mozilla, and OpenOffice.
I've got a 2 screen shots at
http://www.markround.com/files/snapshot3.png and snapshot1.png so you can see
what I mean. This is using Helvetica, but even after I install the scalable
MS TTF webfonts, I still get this problem. (IE:- Using "Arial" instead of
"Helvetica") The fonts are set to their default "point" size, and they still
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Disable anti-aliasing in any dekstop environment.
2. Restart X in the case of KDE. It's immediate under GNOME.
Actual Results: The fonts changed form being easy to read and well-formed to
being seriously distorted and unreadable.
Expected Results: The fonts should have remained readable and well-scaled.
Under RH7.3, without Anti-aliasing, fonts remain well defined and legible.
I've tried installing some nice TTF fonts, changing the order of the
fonts listed in /etc/X11/fs/config, altering my DPI settings - and
still no joy. What's interesting is that I got the same problem under another
distro (Mandrake 8.2) - but not on RH 7.3.
Reproduced on two different computers. One laptop with Trident Cyberblade and
Toshiba LCD (Satellite Pro 4600), and one desktop PC (nVidia GeForce MX ,
Good non-antialiased display of freetype fonts requires the use
of TrueType bytecode hints. See:
(see also the without_bytecode_interpreter define in the freetype