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Subject: Re: Chinese, Japanese, Korean rockbox
From: Tat Tang (tat_tang_at_yahoo.com)
Date: 2003-04-05


Greg,

I have a patch for the Rockbox 1.4 source which uses
the existing fnt format. Now seems to be a good time
to patch a more recent version.

I haven't had the time to come to grips with convbdf,
it would be useful if you could work on this.

Thanks, Tat..

--- Greg Haerr <greg_at_censoft.com> wrote:
> Tat -
> I agree with your comments. Do you have
> an implementation/patch ready to go? Let me know
> if you need some help, I'm also planning on adding
> these binary formats back into the Microwindows
> Project, since it doesn't yet have the enhanced bdf
> converter.
>
> Regards,
>
> Greg
>
>
> :
> : > So I propose that there be two font formats -
> : > the existing one (possibly with a slight rev to
> : > version
> : > number for a few extra bits, see below), and
> your
> : > new "disk-based" format, used only for fonts
> that
> : > are deemed to large for in-core use. In this
> way
> : > we won't require smaller fonts to always require
> : > more
> : > memory space.
> :
> : I agree, there should be two formats. Though by
> : tweaking the cache index we could easily introduce
> the
> : ability to load multiple fonts.
> :
> :
> : > It's probably best that we try to stay somewhat
> : > close to the existing format, since then we can
> : > easily extend the existing tools to write both
> : > font formats. Non-bdf sourced fonts would get
> : > converted to the .fnt (style 1 or 2) format.
> :
> : Agree, no sense in re-inventing the wheel!
> :
> :
> : > ULONG charset // add quick-access flag
> bits
> : > for charset
> :
> : Think we should include revisions, e.g. GB2312-80,
> in
> : case we have some auto-recognition code.
> :
> : > Do you think we need to worry about whether the
> : > imagebits
> : > words need to be byte-swapped or not?
> : >
> :
> : It's probably useful to include it as a flag. The
> : implementation can decide what to do if the bytes
> are
> : appropriate for the platform.
> :
> : Regards, Tat.
> :
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