Does the rendering system in JavaFX process font hints?

Sybille Lein sybille.lein at
Fri Nov 29 05:14:36 PST 2013

I have some questions about the font rendering system that is used in the 
JavaFX system. 

We are developing a JavaFX application with a customer owned font.
This font is a TrueType font and includes font hints. 
There are usually two options for the font engine in operating systems: 
processing hints, or running an auto-hinter.

It appears to me that the JavaFX font rendering system ignores the hints 
in the fonts, and runs the auto-hinter instead.It doesn’t invoke the 
byte-code interpreter. 

My question is about how the font engine works with font hints on Mac OS X 
and Windows?

And is it possible to configure the font engine in JavaFX to process 

I tested it under Mac OS X and java version 1.7.0_17.


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