SDL Digest, Vol 7, Issue 28

what font library is the simplest ?
It is hard to answer without knowing what you need, but you can try SDL_bdf, available at

i need a no fuss, plain bitmap font drawing lib.
BDF is a bitmapped font format, and SDL_bdf does nothing more than loading it and bliting characters to a surface. And it’s GPL’ed.

i tried SDL_ttf but the MSVC7 project files were so broken it
would not compile.

It compiles on Windows with BCC32, it should compile with MSVC.