[Webkit-unassigned] [Bug 167557] [FreeType] Enable ligatures and kerning in the fast font layout path

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Tue Jul 27 05:03:06 PDT 2021


--- Comment #5 from Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro at gnome.org> ---
Hi, thanks for the offer to help. The simple text path does not use harfbuzz at all. harfbuzz is only used for the complex text path. (See bug #102603, which may or may not be obsolete, I'm not sure.) The simple text path uses FreeType directly.

Well, at least I think so?

(In reply to Michael Catanzaro from comment #0)
> We should enable ligatures and kerning in the fast font layout path, as
> performed by Apple's ports.

I don't know enough about FreeType to know whether this is actually possible. It's certainly a lot less important than it used to be since GTK no longer uses simple text at all, except when forced by environment variable, so nobody will ever see it. So this really only matters for WPE. I wonder if it's time for WPE to switch to the complex text path?

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