Bug 2014 - fontconfig should set a default DPI of 96.0
Summary: fontconfig should set a default DPI of 96.0
Alias: None
Product: fontconfig
Classification: Unclassified
Component: library (show other bugs)
Version: 2_1
Hardware: x86 (IA32) Linux (All)
: high normal
Assignee: Keith Packard
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Reported: 2004-12-04 20:22 UTC by Billy Biggs
Modified: 2004-12-04 12:59 UTC (History)
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Description Billy Biggs 2004-12-04 20:22:43 UTC
Currently, users under GNOME set Xft.dpi to be 96.0.  Otherwise, the default DPI
comes from the X server, which often sets the DPI based on the monitor size
reported by DDC.  These are often incorrect.

I would like to see more systems standardize on a default DPI of 96.  It would
help usability of Linux systems a lot, and improve default font selection. 
Ideally, the default config files from fontconfig would include a setting for
Xft.dpi to 96.

See http://scanline.ca/dpi/ for more discussion.
Comment 1 Keith Packard 2004-12-04 22:23:21 UTC
Fontconfig shouldn't be in the business of picking DPI for default usage;
consider the case of using fontconfig to generate printer output.

This could be an Xft change though.
Comment 2 Billy Biggs 2004-12-05 07:59:38 UTC
So  I guess this invalidates my suggestion that distributions
add it in their local.conf files.  Changing it in Xft would mean
just having it default in code, or is there a standard place
for x resources to be defined?

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