[cairo] Success with Cairo on Win9x

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Tue Feb 6 09:36:18 PST 2007

On 2/5/07, brianp at sginet.com <brianp at sginet.com> wrote:
> Here is a little info of my progress in playing around with Cairo on Win9x
> (which is supposedly unsupported).
> I am able to successfully use Cairo on Win9x if I render to an image
> buffer
> first. The only thing that doesn't work is the text rendering (this is
> because it uses the Unicode GetGlyphOutlineW functions exclusively). So I
> decided to give FreeType a try. There are some issues using Cairo+FreeType
> on Win32, but long story short - I can successfully use Cairo+FreeType on
> Win9x when rendering to an image buffer with no problems.
> When trying to use FreeType on Win32, it looks like the FreeType module in
> Cairo wants to compile in some fontconfig stuff. However, fontconfig has
> no
> Win32 port that I can find. Also, fontconfig seems to be totally separate
> from the FreeType code, and unnecessary in every way on Win32, it is only
> mixed into the same source files. To solve that problem, I just #if
> 0...#endif'd the fontconfig code and now the FreeType module compiles on
> Win32 without a hitch.

Right, it compiles...  But does it work?


So, I propose that the fontconfig specific code be wrapped up in a separate
> cairo feature #define so that it can be compiled separately from the
> FreeType code. With this in place, everyone should be able to use Cairo on
> Win9x as long as they render to an image buffer first and then blit that
> to
> a Windows HDC.
> Any chances of getting a separate cairo feature #define for fontconfig?
> Thanks!
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