Until we have a better alternative for quality non-Latin1 printing with truetype fonts, we'd better enable freetype (and/or Xprint) in Xft+gtk2 build so that non-Western European speakers can benefit from freetype printing. With freetype printing, multiple fonts (serif, sans-serif, monospace) can be used and more faithful replica of WYS can be obtained (although not perfect because Xft screenrendering uses fontconfig while freetype printing uses its own font selection machinery.) There was a bug in freetype code that made Mozilla-Xft crash while printing a page. The bug was fixed a couple of months ago (I fixed it, but forgot the bug number). So, except for the binary size increase, I don't think there's any reason not to enable freetype in Xft build.
A couple of alternatives proposed so far are : bug 190031 : use fontconfig in font selection and matching for freetype printing bug 211763 : hook up Xft and Xprint In addition, there are a couple of more including integration of Gfx:Gtk with Pango (for complex script handling) that would ease taking advantage of a printing library that depends on it.
Bug 190031 is gonna be fixed soon so that we don't need to fix this any more.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → WONTFIX
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