Menu font sizes

Benjamin Rossen b.rossen at
Mon Jan 3 05:16:26 GMT 2005

Felix, Bob and Dave

Both Helvetica and Bitstream Vera Sans are True Type fonts. It is not the 
number of font sizes that make the difference. In theory it should be 
possible to make an infinite number of font sizes for the ttf (of TTF) True 
Type Fonts. So, it is your GUI that is telling  you that only 5 7 8 9 11 12 
13 16 etc are available. 14 would also be available if the GUI permitted it. 

You need to test the font at the different sizes. The bit mapped fonts will 
jump while the true type fonts shall increase in size smoothly. By jump I 
mean this. As you increase from, say 8 to 9 to 10 and so on up in increments 
of one, the bit mapped font shall at first not change, then at a certain size 
it shall suddenly become larger. If the bit mapped image is a 9 x 9, then it 
cannot be made smaller, and usually cannot be made larger although some 
applications can make it appear at 19 x 19 by pixel doubling. These bit 
mapped fonts are usually supplied in several sizes, so you shall have a 6 x 
6, a 9 x 9 and a 12 x 12. 

So, it is not by looking at the list of possibilities, but by looking at how 
they actually behave when you select sizes from the list that will tell you 
what you have. 

Of course, you can also look at the files, if you know where your font files 
are. Usually the Trut Type Fonts have ttf in their name. 

I hope that has been helpful, 


On Monday 03 January 2005 05:27, Felix Miata wrote:
> Bob Stia wrote:
> > the BIG question, when one goes to change a font from the dozens of them
> > in the menu, how do you determine if it is a ttf or a bit map ??
> Generally in the size picker the bitmap sizes will have random gaps of
> missing sizes, while scalable fonts should have no gaps before reaching
> large sizes. Looking at Helvetica (bitmap) right now, I see 5 7 8 9 11
> 12 13 16 17 23, while at Bitstream Vera Sans (TTF) I see 4-20 22 24 26
> 28 32 48 64.
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