Even though text is pervasive in most 3D applications, there is surprisingly no native support for text rendering in OpenGL. To cope with this absence, Mark Kilgard introduced the use of texture fonts. This technique is well know and widely used and ensures both good performances and a decent quality in most situations. However, the quality may degrade strongly in orthographic mode (screen space) due to pixelation effects at large sizes and to legibility problems at small sizes due to incorrect hinting and positioning of glyph. I propose to revisit font texture rendering to ensure the highest quality in orthographic mode. The method allows for both the accurate rendering and positioning of any glyph on the screen. While the method is compatible with complex shaping and/or layout (e.g., Arabic alphabet), these specific cases are not studied in this article.


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    N. P. Rougier, “Higher Quality 2D Text Rendering,” Journal of Computer Graphics Techniques (JCGT), vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 50–64, 2013.