I've been using the sjt-xft branch pretty much exclusively for over a
month now, and it's pretty stable. One really obnoxious bug that (at
least for some freely available TT fonts) caused completely bogus
window sizing and tab expansion has been fixed, and (if you're
reasonably careful about choice of fonts) it's quite usable for
ASCII-only users. To make it even more usable I've turned off the
flood of debugging output, for now.
I assume that would also apply to ISO-8859-1 users.
The next step is to clean up charset handling a little bit (not the
major improvements to Customize that are discussed in internals, just
enough to allow people who are willing to use set-face-font to use
non-ASCII fonts without too many gotchas), and to synch to 21.5.19.
Note that sjt-xft is using Malcolm Purvis's port of configure to
autoconf 2.59, so if you want to get a look at that before it goes
into the mainline, this is your chance.
If configured --without-xft, it should be pretty close to a vanilla
21.5.18 (actually I think it's +CVS-20041209), so you can check out
the new configure on your favorite options/platforms without dealing
with the deficiencies of Xft support just yet. If you do, don't
forget to update the autoconf regression tests in tests/autoconf for
your configuration, and give it a try.
Don't forget those build reports!
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