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RE: [h-e-w] RE: Suggestion of a good font standard font to use

From: Raymond Zeitler
Subject: RE: [h-e-w] RE: Suggestion of a good font standard font to use
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 10:35:58 -0500

It is hard to figure out the syntax of the font assignment statement.  I
thought I'd find it mentioned in the FAQs (I checked both the FAQ for
Win32 and the regular Emacs FAQ.)  Searching the Manual for font reveals
many topics on fontify and font-lock, but nothing on how to change the
font.  Then I remembered that there was a command to describe a
character.  Doing M-x apropos, I found the interactive function

So the way I came up with the font assignment statement is to first
select the font using S-mouse-1 (shift mouse click) in a buffer.  This
opens the Windows font dialog.  Then I chose FixedSys.  Then I did M-x
describe-char-after, which displays in the *Message* buffer everything
you wanted to know about a character in the buffer, including the font
it's displayed with.

After reading this thread I decided to try Bitstream Vera Sans Mono.  I
liked it so much, I decided to switch.  It seems to look better with the
faces that planner.el uses and takes up less screen space.

All the best!
-----Original Message-----
From: Jason Rumney [mailto:address@hidden
Sent: Monday, December 06, 2004 6:28 PM
To: Beverley Eyre
Cc: Raymond Zeitler; address@hidden
Subject: Re: [h-e-w] RE: Suggestion of a good font standard font to use

Beverley Eyre <address@hidden> writes:

> I've also been using Fixedsys and like it. I have a question in this
> regard. Unitl I saw your  font  assignment statement below I hadn't
> how to make the fonts you get by shift-left_click (the fonts installed
> Windows) properly put into the kind of form you used below. Is there
> place where this is expressly described? For example, the "raster"
value in
> the foundry variable is new to me, and I'm not sure whether this would
> to all Windows-installed fonts,  or just some?

Windows fonts will have either "raster" or "outline" in the foundry
field, since the actual foundry is not easily available from Windows
(truetype fonts do have an integer field that is supposed to indicate
foundry, but lists of what foundrys are assigned what numbers are not
publically available AFAIK) so we might as well put some potentially
useful information about the font there.

You can get the full XFLD name for any font by inserting the following
in *scratch* and pressing Ctrl-J at the end of the line:


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