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Old 12-08-2005, 11:50 AM   #1
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Fonts in emacs

Hi folks,

Since I've decided to use Emacs for a large LaTeX project in the coming months, I've been reading up on this subject. I've worked out how to load the fonts visible using xfontsel, and have worked out that, for the fonts without anti-aliasing, the 7x14 font does okay for my eyes. I've read that Emacs doesn't use GTK, and I think I understood that this is being worked on.

Has anyone gotten anti-aliased fonts to work in Emacs? If so, does it require rebuilding this, that and the other? I'm using Debian stable and I'm not necessarily going to be a fan of recompiling with non-Debian packages (since I don't understand it that well and want to keep the machine as stable as possible).

Old 12-08-2005, 10:45 PM   #2
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Emacs Anti-Aliased Fonts

I know some work has been done on it, but it's all devel code and not really suitable for production use. Also, it would require individual attention for patching and compilation. But it looks like someone thinks that core anti-aliased font support may possibly be coming at least sometime in the future:

But I'm afraid you're probably stuck with blocky-font for the time being. Personally, I like the bold DEC Terminal size 14 font; I find it very easy to read.
Old 12-09-2005, 04:40 AM   #3
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Thanks! Glad to see it's seriously considered. I don't necessarily find the "blocky" fonts disadvantageous, but I wanted to try out the anti-aliased fonts as well. The more possibilities the better, and I'm going to be staring at Emacs a lot in the coming months.

You're right, the bold DEC Terminal isn't bad at all. I've left it commented out in my .Xresources file for future use, when my eyes get tired of the current font. One possible drawback though is that Auctex would have to mark bold text with it using a different font (probably italics too), but that's a pretty minor drawback to having a nicely readable font, or even just a change of pace.


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