Ok, it went faster than expected. I can confirm that missing subpixel
rendering was the issue.
Archlinux has some alternative freetype packages which provide
Cleartype rendering. I found one that works on my machine and now the
text is rendered correctly.
Thanks a lot. I've searched for a solution to this behaviour for quite
a couple of days and you provided me with the correct answer within an
For reference (if someone else has the same problem): I've installed
the package freetype2-ultimate5 from the AUR repository.
freetype2-cleartype would've probably been the better choice as it is
advised to use this one in the wiki article from my previous mail. But
that package currently doesn't compile on my PC.
On Mi, Mär 7, 2018 at 9:20 PM, Arne Augenstein
Thanks Phil, I think you've put me on the right track. I'm using
Manjaro, which is a very close derivative of Archlinux. Looking at
it seems this really could be the underlying problem. Subpixel
rendering is disabled by default on Archlinux systems.
I probably will need a few days to verify that this is in fact the
issue. I will report back as soon as I've found out more.
On Mi, Mär 7, 2018 at 6:10 PM, Phil Race <philip.r...@oracle.com>
The Linux image shows greyscale text.
The Mac image shows subpixel LCD text.
The latter can be positioned with sub-pixel (1/3 pixel) resolution.
Why does this make a difference ?
JavaFX like CoreText + DirectWrite, and unlike GDI + Swing uses
with floating point accumulation of the positions.
But the raster problem is that you need to align the glyph to
In the subpixel case you have 3x the resolution to play with and the
the raster grid is not obvious.
If your linux system were configured to support LCD subpixel text
it to be similar to Mac .. modulo the fact that retina is hi-res and
that the fonts will be different.
So it is probably not something FX has control over .. you need to
look at your settings.
If freetype from your vendor is configured without LCD text support
you may be out of luck
On 03/07/2018 08:51 AM, open...@arne-augenstein.de wrote:
I've recently started a project in JavaFX and had some trouble with
inconsistent widths of spaces between characters in Linux. I
haven't been able to find much useful information and therefore
posted a stackoverflow question with a screenshot illustrating
the problem and some simple example code to reproduce the issue.
I think it's better explained with the picture, that's why I
won't repeat myself here and point you instead to my question on
One of the members of stackoverflow advised me to ask this question
on your mailing list. My question is if this behavior is
inherent to the way JavaFX renders text on Linux. And if there
is some workaround/setting which I could use to circumvent this
Thanks in advance and regards