[PATCH] option to tweak letter spacing
schmorp at schmorp.de
Tue May 12 05:11:45 CEST 2009
On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 11:05:02PM -0400, Aron Griffis <agriffis at n01se.net> wrote:
> > > Hi Mark,
> > Still Marc.
> Actually I was writing to Mark.
> > > The only question I have about this issue is: How does
> > > gnome-terminal work consistently?
> > urxvt works consistently as well.
> This statement is meaninglessly defensive. urxvt doesn't work
> consistently in the way that gnome-terminal works consistently,
But it does - the code is obviously the same everyhwree, so it is
consistent. What's not consistent is ther width of the characters another
library hands out, which has nothing to do with urxvt.
> which is easily understood by the context of the rest of the
> thread leading up to this point.
Based on that, one could just as well claim gnome-terminal doesn't work
consistently, because it uses different on-screen widths for the same
> > > the wider urxvt font spacing. But if gnome-terminal's method
> > > makes sense, maybe it would be appropriate for urxvt too.
> > gnome-terminal doesn't care much about correct layout (or speed). it can
> > simply redraw everything from scratch and stop caring if some fonts don't
> > fit into the character cells.
> This sounds like a giant assumption and copout.
Yeah, it might sound like that to you, but it is a well-established fact.
Some people even offered bounties for somebody copying the urxvt code
into gnome-terminal, so their kernel compiles aren't slowed down by 30%
(gnome-terminal has improved over the years, but is still orders of
magnitude slower than urxvt or even xterm).
In any case, I don't like your tone - if you don't believe something, you
are free to ask for clarification, but don't make stupid comments such as
my statement being a "giant copout" - that's needlessly insulting and will
cause me to simply ignore you.
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