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Re: helvetica font as default (fltk)

From: Ben Abbott
Subject: Re: helvetica font as default (fltk)
Date: Sat, 05 Nov 2011 15:42:54 -0400

On Nov 5, 2011, at 3:01 PM, Muhali wrote:

> bpabbott wrote:
>> Ok. I recall we had changed the default behavior during the 3.2.x series.
>> Currently the default is ...
>>       get (0, 'defaultaxesfontname')
>>      ans = *
>> What version of Octave are you running? And, what OS are you using?
> I get the same as you. The '*' didn't show up because I had smartly put a
> ';' at the end.
> Is it possible that the Helvetica-issue is fltk related, as this behavior
> occurs at least in these two versions, running linux:
> parent: 13816:7ee18dc46bbb tip
> new and improved non-integer figure handles
> branch: default
> commit: 7197 unknown (clean)
> update: (current)
> parent: 13805:b3cdef33ac0e tip
> waitbar.m: Update docstring.  Only return output handle h if requested.
> branch: default
> commit: 7071 unknown (clean)
> update: (current)

The bitmapped output is derived from eps by using ghostscript. If you "print 
foo.eps" you can take a look at the file to see what fonts are being used.

I checked both the gnuplot and fltk backends. The eps files each use Helvetica.

When using the gnuplot backend, you can do ...

        drawnow ('postscript color eps', 'foo.eps', false, '')

This will let you look at the gnuplot plotstream. I don't see any mention of 
the Helvetica there, so I assume gnuplot is selecting Helvetica (which is in 

I don't know about the FLTK backend.


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