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Old 01-30-2005, 06:57 PM   #1
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Helvetica and Antialiasing

Hello to everybody,
I've a little problem... on my Slackware 10 few fonts like helvetica and courier are displayed without antialiasing. For KDE applications I switch helvetica to bestream vera sans that support antialiasing. For those applications that require helvetica I don't found any solution to improve font quality and visibility. How can I enable antialias for such fonts?

Tanks a lot!
Old 02-01-2005, 01:47 AM   #2
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I have the same problem. Any of you Slackers out there got a solution?
Old 02-01-2005, 04:08 PM   #3
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I'm sorry, but I have no found any solutions....
Old 02-09-2005, 06:18 AM   #4
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Helvetica does not render with antialiasing.

This I think is because Helvetica is not a truetype font and, while many people like the antialiased look in applications, they prefer/are used to non-antialiased fonts on web pages. This is why Helvetica is often the default font when you first install Mozilla or Konqueror. In this way you are able to render web pages non-antialiased with antialiasing enabled.

Further investigation will show that Helvetica is not located in the true type folder but in the 100 or 75 dpi font folder associated with the other X window fonts. Fiddling with your dpi values and listing 75 or 100 dpi first in xorg.conf may present you with different results.

I have a rather rambling thread HERE that attempts to explain how to render nice non-antialiased fonts. This will have no effect on making Helvetica render antialiased though because it is not a truetype font. Not what you are asking, but you may get some background info from there if you are interested.

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Great! Thanks a lot!


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