In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Osama Bin Laden
on Mon, 14 Oct 2002 23:11:47 +0100
> On Mon, 14 Oct 2002 20:00:32 GMT, in comp.os.linux.advocacy,
> (The Ghost In The Machine
>>In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Osama Bin Laden
>>on Sat, 12 Oct 2002 23:06:35 +0100
>>> Decide for yourself:
>>Obviously I'm missing something here...but what's
>>the problem, specifically?
> It looks a mess.
I did say *specifically*. At best, I see a number
of usages of an italicized serifed font (I can't tell
which one), with the usual jaggies along the edges
because of lack of anti-aliasing. I'm assuming that
this is what you're referring to, since I'm not seeing
anything else at the moment.
Some naive programs, however, chop off a part of a
character which overhangs the width if rbearing > width,
or if lbearing < 0; I'm not seeing any evidence of that
here, however, although I've been toying with the idea of
creating a very ugly font for testing such things, and
actually do have such a font handy -- but it looks very
thin and spidery. (OK, so I'm not a font designer. :-)
I'm an engineer. But the font can play games such as
have a very long lower-case j jutting to the left, and a
very long upper-case T and lower-case t jutting to the right.
Come to think of it, that might imitate my handwriting.... :-) )
The non-italicized font examples look reasonably good
(e.g., the fonts on the bottom, the title bars,
the menu drops, and the gkrellm system monitor at the
>>If you want something ugly, try this example from CNN.
>>(Disclaimer: I have nothing against CNN; they're an
>>excellent news service. However, they also put a lot
>>of text on their pages in various fonts which is perfect
>>for what I'm attempting to demonstrate. Perhaps I need
>>more fonts on my local system... :-) )
>>If I allow Galeon to use the documents' fonts, I get this result:
> Ouch, that's some bad rendering by Galeon. The fonts look
> fine under Opera on Windows.
You noticed. :-) Admittedly, I don't know how old this version
of Galeon, Gnome, or GTK is. Note, however, that these fonts
are *not* italicized, proving that it's possible to have
ugliness without slant.
>>If I switch it to use my local fonts (under the Settings menu),
>>I get this:
> Now that's better.
I thought so, too. :-) Guess which setting I kept. :-)
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