[cairo] Cairo on win32

Keith Packard keithp at keithp.com
Fri May 28 21:06:49 PDT 2004

Around 0 o'clock on May 29, Hans Breuer wrote:

> Why didn't you use fontconfig - which is available for win32 too ?

Because fontconfig will select and present different sets of fonts to the 
user than the native Win32 font API.  While that might make porting the 
application to Win32 easier, it won't provide an idea experience for the 
user.  Gtk+, Qt and even Mozilla all use the native APIs for 
systems where fontconfig isn't the normal way to select fonts.

We initially planned on using fontconfig/FreeType2 on all systems to 
ensure consistent output but were asked by many people to allow (and in 
fact prefer, to some extent) native font systems instead.

There's nothing preventing you from building and using cairo with 
fontconfig/FreeType on a Win32 system though, if that's what you want to 


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