FS#8899 - nimbus19 with wider capitals

Attached to Project: Rockbox
Opened by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Tuesday, 15 April 2008, 21:18 GMT
Last edited by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Monday, 22 June 2009, 20:25 GMT
Task Type Patches
Category Font/charset
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Operating System All players
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version Daily build (which?)
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


This is a version of nimbus19 with some capitals made one pixel wider so that the gap between the legs of, say, H, has the same width as the legs' thickness. Please try this and decide whether the font looks better that way (=more readable). If yes, we could provide a nimbus19w version of the font with wider capitals. It could be used on DAPs with large screen width.

The letters changed are: A, B, D, G, H, J, O, P, Q, R, U, V, X. That's it for now.

If the font doesn't look nice then this task should be abandoned.
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Closed by  Alexander Levin (fml2)
Monday, 22 June 2009, 20:25 GMT
Reason for closing:  Wont Fix
Additional comments about closing:  Since the font doesn't look significantly better with wider glyphs, I close this.
Comment by Marcoen Hirschberg (marcoen) - Friday, 18 April 2008, 21:51 GMT
some sample screenshots
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Saturday, 19 April 2008, 07:34 GMT
Thanks Marcoen! What do you think?

IMHO the two variants are nearly the same. Personally I like the wider versions of O, D, V, and G (especially G!) more. These are all letters with two long enough vertical legs. But wider X is worse than the narrow one. All in all, I think the difference isn't worth the effort of adjusting of all the many glyphs in the font. So that this task can be closed with the resolution "won't be fixed". All above modulo "IMHO" of course :-)
Comment by Glenn (DancemasterGlenn) - Thursday, 24 April 2008, 01:54 GMT
The newer J looks a bit weird, and the X isn't in the screenshots, but the other new letters look nice, from what I'm seeing here.
Comment by Alexander Levin (fml2) - Friday, 25 April 2008, 19:44 GMT
There is an X: see the last word in the 5th line. And yes, wide J is ugly. But the last two sentences from my last comment still hold.
Comment by William Poetra Yoga Hadisoeseno (wpyh) - Tuesday, 17 June 2008, 10:36 GMT
In the new font, the J and i has one pixel spacing, and V and e also has one pixel spacing only. IMO the font would look better if the spacing is uniform.