[Kst] [Bug 221749] Clearer font size definition

Nicolas Brisset nicolas.brisset at eurocopter.com
Fri Jan 8 17:23:20 CET 2010


--- Comment #5 from Nicolas Brisset <nicolas brisset eurocopter com>  2010-01-08 17:23:14 ---
(In reply to comment #4)
OK, it is more or less all clear now. No more comment means I agree :-)
Just a couple smaller things still:

> I prefer to use explicit font sizes.  People know from Word or PPT what '36pt 
> font' will give them, and it makes it really easy to match font sizes with 
> other documents.
I understand your point. However the issue I have with that is that you get 12
pt only if the reference size is right (and as I have never understood the
concept properly before, I had never set a correct reference size!). Plus, you
prepare the plot on screen and then print it on a media with a different size.
So if we want to have something close to WYSISWYG, we have to pay attention to
that. Setting a 12 cm x 16 cm reference size on a 21" display will certainly
lead to some problems (not even mentioning the portrait/landscape and margin
issues when printing).
Do you actually have a clear concept how to go from screen to printed media
without breaking the fonts?

> > - for "floating" text boxes (like legends and text view items) resizing in
> > layout mode should be allowed and the font size computed to fill out
> >  exactly the box drawn by the user. That is much more convenient than the
> >  current approach with font size offsets! Plus, they should scale with the
> >  plot(or the window) containing them.
> > Especially the second one is a must, I think.
> Under some definitions of 'must' :-)  It would be arguably easier to make 
> something close, but harder to make something exact.  I will leave 
> consideration of this point as a future exercise - it should be opened as its 
> own wishlist item.
I don't think they are exclusive: when the box is resized, you compute a font
size and indicate it in the dialog. And the other way could also work if you
really want a precise font size: when you set a different font size in the
dialog, the box could be resized.

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