Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#11810 closed enhancement (fixed)

freetype freetype-doc 2.10.0

Reported by: Douglas R. Reno Owned by: Bruce Dubbs
Priority: normal Milestone: 9.0
Component: BOOK Version: SVN
Severity: normal Keywords:


New minor version

Change History (4)

comment:1 by Bruce Dubbs, 5 years ago

Owner: changed from blfs-book to Bruce Dubbs
Status: newassigned

comment:2 by Bruce Dubbs, 5 years ago

CHANGES BETWEEN 2.9.1 and 2.10

  • A bunch of new functions has been added to access and process COLR/CPAL data of OpenType fonts with color-layered glyphs.


Retrieve color palette data.


Select and activate a color palette for color-layered glyphs.


Set text foreground color for palette index 0xFFFF.


Get color layers for a given glyph (using an interator object).


Blend one bitmap onto another with a given color.

  • An experimental feature is the new behaviour of the `FT_LOAD_COLOR' load flag for color-layered glyphs: Internally it sets a flag so that if `FT_Render_Glyph' is called with FT_RENDER_MODE_NORMAL' (or FT_Load_Glyph' with `FT_LOAD_RENDER'), a default blending of the color glyph layers will happen automatically for convenience.
  • As a GSoC 2018 project, Nikhil Ramakrishnan completely overhauled and modernized the API reference.
  • The logic for computing the global ascender, descender, and height of OpenType fonts has been slightly adjusted for consistency.

. If the useTypoMetrics' flag (i.e., bit 7 in the fsSelection'

field) in the OS/2' table is set, use the sTypo' fields in `OS/2' unconditionally.

. Otherwise use the metrics data from the `hhea' table (if not


. Otherwise use the sTypo' fields from the OS/2' table (if not


. Otherwise use the usWin' data from the OS/2' table as a last


Variable fonts will apply the `MVAR' deltas to whichever metrics were picked.

  • `TT_Set_MM_Blend' could fail if call repeatedly with the same arguments.
  • The precision of handling deltas in Variation Fonts has been increased. The problem did only show up with multidimensional designspaces.
  • New function `FT_Library_SetLcdGeometry' to set up the geometry of LCD subpixels.
  • FreeType now uses the `defaultChar' property of PCF fonts to set the glyph for the undefined character at glyph index 0 (as FreeType already does for all other supported font formats). As a consequence, the order of glyphs of a PCF font if accessed with FreeType can be different now compared to previous versions.

This change doesn't affect PCF font access with cmaps.

  • `FT_Select_Charmap' has been changed to allow parameter value `FT_ENCODING_NONE', which is valid for BDF, PCF, and Windows FNT formats to access built-in cmaps that don't have a predefined `FT_Encoding' value.
  • A previously reserved field in the `FT_GlyphSlotRec' structure now holds the glyph index.
  • On Win32 platforms, the use of `_DLL' to build the library has been replaced with DLL_EXPORT' and DLL_IMPORT'.
  • The usual round of fuzzer bug fixes to better reject malformed fonts.
  • FT_Outline_New_Internal' and FT_Outline_Done_Internal' have been removed. These two functions were public by oversight only and were never documented.
  • A new function `FT_Error_String' returns descriptions of error codes if configuration macro FT_CONFIG_OPTION_ERROR_STRINGS is defined.
  • FT_Set_MM_WeightVector' and FT_Get_MM_WeightVector' are new functions limited to Adobe MultiMaster fonts to directly set and get the weight vector.
  • Support for Position Independent Code as needed by systems that prohibit automatic address fixups, such as BREW, has been removed. [Compilation with modern compilers that use flags like -fPIC' or -fPIE' is not affected.]
  • The ftdump' demo program has new options -c' and `-C' to display charmaps in compact and detailed format, respectively. Option `-V' has been removed.
  • The ftview', ftstring', and `ftgrid' demo programs use a new command line option `-d' to specify the program window's width, height, and color depth.
  • The `ftview' demo program now displays red boxes for zero-width glyphs.
  • `ftglyph' has limited support to display fonts with color-layered glyphs. This will be improved later on.
  • `ftgrid' can now display bitmap fonts also.
  • The ttdebug' demo program has a new option -f' to select a member of a TrueType collection (TTC).
  • Other various improvements to the demo programs.

comment:3 by Bruce Dubbs, 5 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

Fixed at revision 21336.

comment:4 by Bruce Dubbs, 4 years ago

Milestone: 8.59.0

Milestone renamed

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