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Re: pixel fonts

From: <lee@sq.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 96 15:39:47 EDT
Message-Id: <9608091939.AA21980@sqrex.sq.com>
To: evb@knoware.nl, gtn@ebt.com
Cc: Chris.Lilley@sophia.inria.fr, www-font@w3.org, paul@sgi.com, hoefler@typography.com

Gavin Nicol <gtn@ebt.com> wrote:
> An alternative to giving away outline fonts, is to use glyph servers
> that render an outline font into a bitmap of the size/resolution a
> client wants. One could perhaps even charge for creating the bitmap,
> though micropayments are still just getting started.

Yes.  Perhaps the X Font Server could at last come into its own.
It's not much good for anything else :-)  but the protocol does have
the vestages of micropayments in it.  They forgot kerning (although
Gallium have a font server that adds that) and they made a terrible
job of encodings in the sample implementation (don't know if Gallium
has fixed that; probably) but it is at least a possible base for

Of course, you'd also need a font server proxy... and its cache would
be an issue for micropayments.


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