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Re: [Pkg-fonts-devel] UW ttyp0 - a multiscript monospaced bitmap font family

Quoting Bjørn Mork (2016-07-13 16:26:32)
> Jonas Smedegaard <dr@jones.dk> writes:
> > First step is to file an RFP: http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/#l1 
> > That can be done by anyone - also an enthusiastic user or upstream 
> > themselves.
> >
> > When filed, the most efficient is to then refer to that bugreport, 
> > every time discussing/encouraging its packaging for Debian.
> OK, I'll look into this. Unless someone else beats me to it, or Uwe 
> wants to do it himself.
> >> In my opinion, UW ttyp0 is the best monospaced bitmap font family 
> >> out there. And I'm not alone in that view, since I foud it by 
> >> googling for good font recommendations.
> >
> > Could you please share some URLs supporting that research of yours?
> Looks like I exaggerated this quite a bit.  Those entries were from 
> the author, so they don't really count for much...
> So I guess it's down to my recommendation, in case that still counts 
> :)
> The font filled a hole for me at least.  And I have been through most 
> of what you get out of "xlsfonts -fn '*-m-*'" and "xlsfonts -fn 
> '*-c-*'" on a Debian sid system with most of the packages matching 
> "apt-file -l search /usr/share/fonts/X11" installed.

Your recommendation carry more weight if elaborating more.

  * Which alternatives did you compare against and found inferior?
  * Which criteria did you focus in in your comparison?

Here's my prioritized list of criteria:

  * Speed: Rendering of vector-based fonts is too slow for me.
  * Conservative: No slashed zero for me
  * Legibility: I like my fonts crisp and relatively large.
  * Coverage: I have a glyph fetish but only really need latin chars.

I have so far settled for terminus-18, but am curious to learn more how 
it compares to alternatives by both objective and subjective measures.

> > What I found that seemed reasonably active maintained and 
> > comparative (i.e. not slashdot-style) was 
> > https://github.com/powerline/fonts which doesn't even mention tty0.
> Yes, there are lots of such good lists.  The problem for me was that 
> they "only" recommend Xft solutions.  Which is natural since most use 
> cases are limited to the client and server running on the same host.

Your ruling out Xft sounds like our needs are related.  I am eager to 
learn more!

 - Jonas

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