Menu font sizes

Benjamin Rossen b.rossen at
Sun Jan 2 14:58:51 GMT 2005

Hello David

I have been working with the same problem. I have Mandrake 10.1 on one system, 
and Red Hat Fedora 2 on another. The problem only appears in my Mandrake 
distribution. I have discovered that some KDE applications (Konquorer) uses 
the bit mapped fonts which are needed for some shell applications. I removed 
these from my system, and Konquorer gave me very good anti-aliased 
renderings. However, the entire system failed because the shell no longer 
worked. I had to reinstall these fonts. As I said, this is not a problem on 
Red Hat Fedora 2. 

Here are some things you could try.
Open KDE Control Center > Index > Appearance & Themes > Fonts
select anti-aliasing
Try changing the fonts you use. If the font does not show scalable sizes, or 
only three or four sizes, it is a but mapped, not a ttf. ttf = true type 
font. A true type font is defined with vector graphics, and is in principle 
infinately scalable. Bit mapped fonts are little image files, and do not 
scale very well, and anti-aliasing is usually not possible to implement. Some 
graphics can make a kind of anti-aliasing by blurring the image, but the 
result is not very satisfactory, and it is questionable whether this improves 
the readability. 
Open KDE Control Center > Index > Internet & Network > Web Browser > Fonts
Try changing these fonts. Make sure that you select ttf fonts. 
Also, if you find that the font renderings are too small for you (this may be 
a function of your monitor; I have 1600 x 1200 which creates this problem) 
then you can also adjust the default font sizes here. This shall save you 
having to use the Increase Font Size button of Ctrl + + keyboard shortcut. 

Pardon me if I am saying things you already understand well. This is where I 
am at. Indeed, I was not able to solve this problem in Mandrake 10.1, which 
finally forced me to go back to my Red Hat distibution to do my work. Perhaps 
you can get to the bottom of this. I think it is a bug in the Mandrake 
distribution. The graphic user interface desktops should not use the bit 
mapped fonts by default. I do not know enough to solve the problem. 

I hope this has been helpful, 

Benjamin Rossen

On Thursday 30 December 2004 13:57, David Corbin wrote:
> I'm running KDE 3.3.1.  Despite having set the fonts to use in the control
> center, most KDE applications show another (tiny) font for my menu.  Other
> applications (Eclipse, Mozilla, etc.) show the fonts I've selected in the
> control center.
> Any ideas on how to correct this?
> David
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