Does the rendering system in JavaFX process font hints?

Stephen F Northover steve.x.northover at
Fri Nov 29 06:24:13 PST 2013

Hi Sybille,

Please try your code on jdk8.  The font engine in FX has been changed to 
use the native rasterizer on Windows and Mac.


On 2013-11-29 8:14 AM, Sybille Lein wrote:
> 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
> hints?
> I tested it under Mac OS X and java version 1.7.0_17.
> Thanks
> Sybille
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