Default Fonts in KDE

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at
Mon Jul 4 21:13:01 BST 2005

Heinrich Wendel wrote:
> I think many people noticed it, but nobody seems to care, not even on 
> The default Fonts in KDE are not very well choosen. 
> There are two problems:
> 1.) They point to values that are either not installed on many systems or not 
> Antialiaseable. This is why many people think their Fonts are broken, but 
> they are not. Just the Defaults are broken. A very easy fix for this to 
> change the default values to "sans", "serif" and "monotype", so fontconfig 
> can take care of it. If this raises Problems on distributions without 
> fontconfig (any distribution out there without fontconfig? i don't think so) 
> we can put ifdefs around this.

Yes this change should be made to replace Helvetica with "Sans Serif". 
This is probably OK to replace Courier with "Monospace" as well since 
the Type1 Courier that comes with XFree86 is quite old.

XFree86 and Xorg now ship with FontConfig so it shouldn't be a problem.

> 2.) The size of the fonts is to big. I propose to reduce it to 10points.

I don't see the fonts as being too big.  Do you have a 1024x768 screen 
set to 100 DPI?


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