Re: Request: Text Rendering as in SubEthaEdit
- View Source2009/1/4 Nico Weber <nicolasweber@...>:
>I can't really see that much of a difference apart from the spacing.
> To me, the difference is not just character spacing: in the screen
> fonts-enabled screenshot, the characters seem to be more aligned with
> pixel lines and are thus often less "colorful" (they are colored at
> all because of os x's subpixel antialiasing). For example, see the
> left edge of the "U" in line 3 or the "E" in line 5.
The fact that the character spacing changes seems to make the most
difference. To test what it would look like in MacVim I did the
a. disable screen fonts
b. disable fixed character advances
The result were these
In (1) I've used the default settings with "gfn=DejaVuSansMono:h9".
Then I disabled screen fonts in (2), and finally I disabled both
screen fonts as well as fixed character advances in (3).
I can't see any difference between (1) and (2). Note that (3) fails
to fit the window because the character advances are not what MacVim
thinks they should be. There isn't much to do about this
unfortunately (because all of Vim is built around the assumption that
every character has the same width), so this style of rendering won't
work even though it may look more pleasing.
To conclude, (with the above font) disabling screen fonts seem to make
no difference (to me at least) -- the big difference is seen when
Cocoa is allowed to use variable character advances.
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