[NTG-context] Fonts loaded

Vyatcheslav Yatskovsky yatskovsky at gmail.com
Wed Sep 23 12:52:25 CEST 2009

Hello Hans,

Thank you for --mode=*nofonts and detailed explanation.

The mode works well and reduces font loading time from 2.281 to 1.266 seconds!


> - you can try --mode=*nofonts but keep in mind that this is meant for
> special cases where styles are loaded immediately on the command line
> - it will not save much time; eventually we will have opentype lm math
> anyway; and half of those fonts are small anyway
> - it will result in errors when you don't immediately load a typeface
> especially if spacing is being set up
> - you need a math font because some symbols come from math (like bullets)
> - delaying math setup would result in way more overhead as then it needs
> to be set up inside math (and then it happens grouped)
> - also, reported problems resulting from not having load a base font set
> are unlikely to be looked into
> - as i keep optimnizing code, i expect the reported times to drop a bit
>    in the future;
> - a resident run might save some load time, but this is compensated by
> the need to reinitialize all subsystems (apart from a mess)
> - computers will become faster anyway and in most runs the startup time
> is small compared to the other runtime

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