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Nice fonts on Solaris
27 October 2009 // Solaris

I’m finnicky. I’ve spent so long messing about with Fontconfig, trying to get something I like. Here’s my /etc/fonts/local.conf

I’m on Solaris Nevada build 124, using the fontconfig-2.7.1 packages supplied with the O/S. I use the NVIDIA driver, and have a 21" Samsung LCD screen.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>

  <dir>/storage/fonts</dir>

  <cachedir>/var/fontconfig/cache</cachedir>

  <cachedir>~/.fontconfig</cachedir>

  <!-- Use the FreeType auto-hinter -->

  <match target="font">
  <edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
    <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
  </match>

  <!--  Use Slight Hinting -->
  <match target="font">
  <edit name="hintstyle" mode="assign">
    <const>hintslight</const>
  </edit>
  </match>

  <!--  Enable sub-pixel rendering -->

  <match target="font">
  <edit name="rgba" mode="assign">
    <const>rgb</const>
  </edit>
  </match>

  <!-- disable bitmapped fonts -->

  <selectfont>
    <rejectfont>
      <pattern>
        <patelt name="scalable">
          <bool>false</bool>
        </patelt>
      </pattern>
    </rejectfont>
  </selectfont>

  <!-- disable autohinter for bold fonts -->

  <match target="font">
    <test name="weight" compare="more">
      <const>medium</const>
    </test>
    <edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
      <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
  </match>

</fontconfig>

Maybe it’ll work for you, maybe not. It’s largely down to personal preference, but it seems the value of sub-pixel rendering changes from screen to screen.

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