Menu font sizes

David Corbin at
Sun Jan 2 16:51:49 GMT 2005

On Sunday 02 January 2005 09:58, Benjamin Rossen wrote:
> Hello David
> Here are some things you could try.
> First:
> Open KDE Control Center > Index > Appearance & Themes > Fonts
> select anti-aliasing

This had no visible effect.

> 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.

I am currently using a scalable font, it appears, and I have changed the font 
being used.

> Second:
> 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.

I'm need to solve this in the general desktop form.  Dialogs and menus are 
just too hard to use.

> 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 understand the basics of tont technology.  It's KDE and X that I'm not so 
savy about.  I've got Gentoo, so either it's not the *same* problem,  or it's 
a KDE problem that doesn't manifest in RH.

> 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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