Do you know other projects dealing with high quality typesetting with Java or if Java 1.5 will bring improvements? I'm thinking about writing my diploma thesis about how to extend the current/implement a typesetting API for Java.
The iText project exposes an API for obtaining metrics (including kerning tables) of a TrueType font (and perhaps Adobe, not sure). This information can easily be used to write an algorithm which incorporates kerning into a custom font rendering pipeline. I've done it and can help if need be.
Last time I checked, Java 1.5's slated Java2D changes did not include this issue. I for one would love to see better font anti-aliasing and more font layout controls in the Java2D API.
Let me know if you find anything. We probably ought to take future messages on this thread off-line unless some of the FOP developers are interested in this topic for future FOP work.
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