[Haskell-cafe] design question/font metrics

Christopher Done chrisdone at googlemail.com
Thu Jun 3 13:08:38 EDT 2010

Maybe you could check out the FTGL package for inspiration on  using
the freetype as a conventional C library. I was going to try to write
a Hackage package but realised I know nothing about typography and had
to start reading the intro. on Freetype's homepage (which is pretty
good, actually). Maybe I'll try it on the weekend. I needed something
to measure the size in pixels of some text for a given font and point
size, so I used libgd and manually analysed the pixels. It wasn't fast
but it worked perfectly. So, Gery, if you don't really need speed all
that much, that's a quick route to success. Otherwise maybe we could
work on something with the Freetype library.

On 1 June 2010 18:22, Stephen Tetley <stephen.tetley at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Brandon
> Even that's not simple - freetype is essentially a framework for
> writing font processors rather than a conventional C library[*]. Saner
> perhaps is to write a C program using freetype to do the exact job you
> have in mind, then bind to your C program.
> Best wishes
> Stephen
> [*} Probably why several people Including me have attempted a binding,
> but no-one has delivered one.
> On 1 June 2010 17:18, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH <allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
>> The saner way to do this is to write a binding to freetype2.
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