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Beautiful XEmacs

XEmacs becomes beautiful. Courtesy of Stephen J. Turnbull, we enjoy beautiful subpixel rendered fonts in XEmacs. 21.5.24 is the first release after the sjt-xft branch was merged MAIN.

I suggest to read the release notes to get an idea how to enable Xft. It's not on per default. You can also cut&paste my configure "line":

  '--with-cflags=-march=i686 -fno-strict-aliasing -O2'               \
  '--disable-error-checking' '--with-png' '--disable-debug'          \
  '--with-jpeg' '--with-tiff' '--without-gnome' '--with-xpm'         \
  '--with-xft=emacs,gauges,menubars' '--with-zlib' '--with-xface'    \
  '--with-athena=3d' '--enable-pdump' '--enable-dump-in-exec'        \
  '--enable-bignum=gmp' '--enable-menubars=lucid'                    \
  '--enable-scrollbars=lucid' '--enable-dialogs=athena'              \
  '--enable-widgets=athena' '--without-gtk' '--enable-mule'
To get the same look as on the screenshot, drop that into your .xresources (and make sure they are "xrdb -merge"-ed).
XEmacs.modeline.attributeFont:       Bitstream Charter-12
XEmacs.modeline.attributeBackground: gray
XEmacs.default.attributeFont:        Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-12
XEmacs.default.attributeBackground:  white