Oxygen Fonts repository @ projects.kde.org

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First alphas of Oxygen Fonts available for testing etc from KDE projects. Please test and report back ;p



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  1. sumski
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi! Ubuntu fonts had the same/similar issue:

    Otherwise, your fonts look good, although i had to increase KDE’s default font size for bette appereance (fonts are looking a little “weird” with smaller sizes)

  2. Posted January 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Love the fonts – I installed them in Fuduntu, and “Oxygen Regular” seems a slight bit heavy (dark), but otherwise these fonts are #winning. :D

    • Posted January 5, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

      Maybe dark is the wrong work, and thick would be a better fit. The font looks awesome everywhere except the GNOME panel though, so I’ll look at my gtkrc and see if we are doing something wonky in there.

      • vernon adams
        Posted January 6, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

        Thanks :) what are your desktop settings? hintingslight? full? subpixel rendering?

        • Posted January 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

          I’m using Gnome’s font configuration tool. Subpixel smoothing – 96dpi, Full hinting, RGB subpixel order.

          I didn’t find anything in my gtkrc. It’s growing on me, just seems a little heavy. :D

        • Posted January 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Permalink

          I moved Oxygen-Bold.ttf out of ~/.fonts and now everything looks as it should. I think Oxygen Regular is being overridden by Oxygen-Bold Regular (at least it is by GNOME 2).

          • vernon adams
            Posted January 6, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

            I had wondered about that :) Also some distro/set ups look as though the bold is being created on-th-fly by freetype instead of using the actual Oxygen-Bold.ttf. I will double check the metatdata again on the regular and bold, because maybe Gnome has issues with that. Many thanks. -v

  3. Evpok
    Posted January 5, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Those look awesome on KDE, with Oxygen-transparent KDE eye-candy at its best. Thanks a lot.

  4. Posted January 5, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Permalink

    I really like the sans serif font in particular. On the monospace font, the ‘r’ looks out of place to me. A little too fancy perhaps? I think my eyes are expecting to not see the doodad in the upper right of the glyph, more like how ‘f’ does it.

  5. Posted January 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Also, do you plan on adding TT instructions eventually?

  6. Alejandro Nova
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 3:36 am | Permalink

    There’s a lot to be done, but this is going to be a great project.

    1. Check the a. The humanist inspiration is fine, but the a circle is too small.
    2. Check the bold’s hinting. Under certain conditions, Oxygen Bold can look like Arial Bold, and that’s BAD.
    3. Tighten a little the spacing, and introduce more kerning pairs. ve and ce are 2 candidates for fine tuning.

    A screenie.

  7. vernon adams
    Posted January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    @ Infinality & Alejandro
    The fonts will probably be hinted with Werner Lemberg’s ‘ttfautohint’. I’m testing at the moment the differences between, no-hinting, ttfautohint, and fontforge’s auto-instructing, and how these effect the different desktop settings (fullhint, slighthint, subpixel etc etc). Oh yes and using the infinality patches too ;) The aim is that Oxygen fonts look uniformly ‘good’ under the most variously used desktop settings. So that may mean not adding any truetype hinting. After all these fonts are not for WinXP etc ;P so if freetype’s autohinter gives best solution, i can drop hinting. Ideas/advice on that welcome :)

    • Alejandro Nova
      Posted January 7, 2012 at 3:18 am | Permalink

      As I can see in your “real world” screenshots, you are doing tests with the Infinality settings, and Oxygen does look better than in my computer. Please, also test your font in two absolute-worst possible scenarios.

      - Full hinting, no LCD subpixel filtering.
      - RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 5, with and without autohinter.

      • vernon adams
        Posted January 7, 2012 at 8:26 am | Permalink

        You mean do some real world “real world” tests? ;) it’s a good point, I will do that too. -v

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Very good work :)
    I would suggest checking out why the ‘r’ and ‘y’ characters have different a height relatively to the others.
    For example, check http://politics.slashdot.org/story/12/01/07/0134252/pirate-party-uk-looks-forward-to-2012 and how the words ‘Party’ and ‘Partly’ are rendered.
    Also, the ‘d’ vertical stick seems bold.
    Are those peculiarities intended?

    • vernon adams
      Posted January 7, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks. Are you referring to ‘r’, ‘y’ and ‘d’ in the regular, bold, or fixed-width fonts? :)

      • Anonymous Coward
        Posted January 8, 2012 at 8:56 am | Permalink

        It’s about the regular one.
        FWIW, I found the real problem on ‘r’ and ‘y’ : in some dimension (for example 12 on my laptop) they have different heigth. I found this forcing Firefox to use Oxygen font. All is better if I set it to a bigger or smaller dim through CTRL and + or – (it zooms text).
        Basically, is it intended behaviour that letters have different scaling?
        BTW, you can reproduce this easily without FF: just have a note plasmoid, write some text in it and experiment with font dimensions.
        Sorry if it is not clear, I’m not a native speaker.

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