Op dinsdag 27-01-2009 om 17:18 uur [tijdzone +0100], schreef Farkas
Erik van Pienbroek wrote:
> As with cairo, fontconfig/freetype is also an optional dependancy for
does this means both fontconfig/freetype are usefulness in mingw32?
As far as I can tell, fontconfig and freetype were used at the time when
there was no native Win32 font support in Pango yet. Cairo wasn't born
yet at that time. A lot has changed in the last few years regarding
Win32 support and I think fontconfig and freetype are kinda obsolete for
Win32 environments right now.
I saw the following comment
about fontconfig and freetype:
This is used by GIMP and by Pango's pangoft2 library. For just GTK+
applications you will not need it.
Fontconfig is used by the FreeType2 backend in Pango (pangoft2) and
by GIMP. Contrary to what many seem to think, fontconfig is in no way
dependent on X11, so it does make some sense to use it on Windows.
GTK+ does not use pangoft2, so you probably will not need this unless
for GIMP. This is a slightly fixed version of fontconfig 2.4.2 from
the date indicated.
So there are no real users of fontconfig and freetype on Win32 except
for GIMP. I searched for more information about this and stumbled upon
This website has the following note:
The FreeType Plug-In is not being developed further, nor is it
actively maintained. We believe that the GIMP text tool has become
sufficiently good so that there's not any longer a need for this
I think it is safe to forget about fontconfig and freetype on Win32 and
stick with the native font implementations of Cairo and Pango.
Erik van Pienbroek