[cairo] What is "user" about cairo user fonts?

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Mon Mar 31 00:29:47 PDT 2008

On Sun, 2008-03-30 at 22:01 +0200, Leon Woestenberg wrote:
> Hello Behdad, others,

Hi Leon,

> I have tried to understand what is so "user" about "user fonts" in
> cairo, but failed.
> Does it mean that cairo user font support does not require a font
> providing subsystem, such as freetype?

Yes.  The user of cairo provides all the font data.

> In any way, please consider the API namespace.

Some people may prefer the name application-fonts, but that's not any
better than user-fonts but is longer.  Do you have any other thing in

> Regards,


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