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Old 11th May 2007, 21:06
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Default font quality still poor in firefox

I need help to get the BEST, sharpest, most crisp font quality (including proper size) in Firfox, using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, to match Windows as much as possible (Vista). I've tried so much, no matter what I've done I cannot get the fonts as crisp as Windows at all.

I installed 32bit Ubuntu Feisty Fawn and by default, the resolution was properly set to 1280x800 (widescreen) on 60Hz refresh.

I'm struggling to get the best font quality possible

What I've done
- msttcorefonts http://www.warrenguy.com/docs/ubuntu...ing-fonts.html
- freetype http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=343670
- copy over all segoe*, calabra* and tahoma* fonts from Windows
- cloned firefox 2 font settings of Windows into here in Ubuntu
- I have gtk2-engines-pixbuf enabled by Ubuntu's default (double checked via synaptic)

I already applied http://www.howtoforge.com/sharp_fonts_gnome as well, but look at the comparison of font size and boldness. They are still getting bolded, enlarged for GOD knows what reason, in linux.

Linux:
http://www.imagehost.ro/pict//112035194644a95749e50.png
Look at the fonts all over the screen, mainly the forum category titles
and text on right column too. They are bigger, bolder. I do not know why.

Windows:
http://www.imagehost.ro/pict//112035394644a96bba186.png

See now in Windows, this is how it SHOULD appear in linux.

How can I fix this?

My current font settings:

Ubuntu
http://www.imagehost.ro/pict//112037114644a9c7e97b0.png

Firefox
http://www.imagehost.ro/pict//112037394644a9e396549.png
(firefox setting matches exact settings in default firefox windows settings)

Right now, I have .fonts.conf file with this, taken from the link you mentioned and unchanged:

Code:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>

<!-- Give all fonts light hinting and subpixel smoothing -->
<!--
<match target="font">
    <edit mode="assign" name="rgba">
        <const>rgb</const>
    </edit>
    <edit mode="assign" name="hinting">
        <bool>true</bool>
    </edit>
    <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
        <const>hintslight</const>
    </edit>
    <edit mode="assign" name="antialias">
        <bool>true</bool>
    </edit>
</match>
-->

<!--
     <match target="font">
        <test qual="all" name="rgba"><const>unknown</const></test>
           <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"><const>rgb</const></edit>
     </match>
-->

<!--  Do not smooth Fixedsys  -->
<match target="font">
    <test name="family">
        <string>FixedsysTTF</string>
    </test>
    <edit name="antialias">
        <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
</match>

<!--  Do not smooth Tahoma 8pt and under  -->
<match target="font">
    <test name="family">
        <string>Tahoma</string>
    </test>
    <test compare="less" name="size" qual="any">
        <double>9</double>
    </test>
    <edit name="antialias">
        <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
</match>

<!--  Do not smooth Times New Roman or Courier New for 12pt and under  -->
<match target="font">
    <test name="family">
        <string>Times New Roman</string>
    </test>
    <test compare="less" name="size" qual="any">
        <double>13</double>
    </test>
    <edit name="antialias">
        <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
</match>

<match target="font">
    <test name="family">
        <string>Courier</string>
        <string>Courier New</string>
        <string>Courier 10 Pitch</string>
    </test>
    <test compare="less" name="size" qual="any">
        <double>11</double>
    </test>
    <edit name="antialias">
        <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
</match>

<!-- Do not autohint Courier New, Fixedsys, Tahoma, or Times New Roman -->
<match target="font">
    <test name="family">
        <string>Courier New</string>
        <string>Times New Roman</string>
        <string>Tahoma</string>
        <string>FixedsysTTF</string>
    </test>
    <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
        <const>hintslight</const>
    </edit>
    <edit mode="assign" name="autohint">
        <bool>false</bool>
    </edit>
</match>

<match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family">
                    <string>Bitstream Vera Sans</string>
            </test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign">
                    <string>Arial</string>
            </edit>
</match>
    <match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family">
                    <string>Helvetica</string>
            </test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign">
                    <string>Arial</string>
            </edit>
</match>
<match target="pattern">
            <test qual="any" name="family">
                    <string>Palatino</string>
            </test>
            <edit name="family" mode="assign">
                    <string>Georgia</string>
            </edit>
</match>
</fontconfig>
Please help out!

Specs:
Sony Vaio FE770G Laptop
15.4" Widescreen (1280x800)
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Old 14th May 2007, 18:51
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http://browsershots.org/website/http...s.com/#success

That's my site. I use 96dpi, 1280x800 resolution and 24bit.

The windows one is the smoothest and in Vista, it is even smoother (but they show XP)

Somehow, PLD linux is a lot better by default than Ubuntu. What they do , Ubuntu should learn from. PLD linux, it does not mysteriously enlarge fonts and bold them 10x more than they should be.
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