Menu font sizes

Felix Miata mrmazda at
Mon Jan 3 13:32:54 GMT 2005

Benjamin Rossen Mon, 3 Jan 2005 06:16:26 +0100 wrote:
> Both Helvetica and Bitstream Vera Sans are True Type fonts.

Your system(s) must have different fonts than mine:

/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/100dpi/helv*gz (e.g. Fedora Core 3, SuSE 8.2 & Xandros 2)
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/75dpi/helv*gz (e.g. Fedora Core 3, SuSE 8.2 & Xandros 2)
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/Vera*ttf (e.g. SuSE 8.2)
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera/Vera*ttf (e.g. Xandros 2)
/usr/share/fonts/bitstream-vera/Vera*ttf (e.g. Fedora Core 3)

> It is not the
> number of font sizes that make the difference.

No, but it's highly indicative.

> 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.

Try typing in a missing size for helvetica and see what you actually
get. Then try the same with Vera Sans.
> 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, test your Helvetica and Vera Sans on and I'm 99.4% certain if
your system is a recent Linux that Helvetica will be bitmapped: (On OS/2 & windoze
Helvetica is mapped to a ttf font)
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