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Font Smooting on Mac OS X

From: David Wheeler
Subject: Font Smooting on Mac OS X
Date: 24 Nov 2002 11:16:19 -0800

Hi All,

I'm the Carbonized Emacs from CVS (, downloaded 12 November
2002). I want to use the Lucida Sans Typewriter font on my TiBook, and
have configured it like this:

  (set-frame-font "-apple-lucida sans

This works great, except that Mac OS X's font smooting doesn't kick in
at this font size. Compare this screen shot of Emacs with the above

To this one of TextEdit displaying the same text in 11 point Lucida
Sans Typewriter:

If I increase the size to 12, the font-smoothing kicks in, but not at
11. Is there a hard-set minimum font size at which Emacs allows font
smoothing? I've set the minimum size in the "General" system
preferences to 8 points -- maybe Emacs could look for that setting
when it's available?

If I'm mistaken about the hard-setting of the minimum font-smooting
font size, and there's some setting that allows me to get Emacs to
exploit Mac OS X's font-smoothing at at point sizes smaller than 12,
I'd be grateful to know what it is.



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