Re: XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display
- Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2018 12:49:32 +0000
- From: Ken Brown <kbrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display
On 9/29/2018 8:34 AM, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> | From: "Ken Brown" <kbrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> | To: "Thomas Dickey" <dickey@xxxxxxx>
> | Cc: "cygwin" <cygwin@xxxxxxxxxx>
> | Sent: Friday, September 28, 2018 10:25:17 PM
> | Subject: Re: XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display
> | On 9/28/2018 8:06 PM, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> |> ----- Original Message -----
> |> | From: "Ken Brown" <kbrown@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> |> | To: "cygwin" <cygwin@xxxxxxxxxx>
> |> | Sent: Friday, September 28, 2018 6:32:25 PM
> |> | Subject: XWin: Tiny fonts on high resolution display
> |> | A Google search shows that this is a very frequently asked question (e.g.,
> |> | https://sourceware.org/ml/cygwin/2016-07/msg00247.html), but I haven't found a
> |> | good answer, except perhaps to use Gnome or some other desktop environment. (I
> |> | haven't tried that yet.)
> |> |
> |> | I just got a new laptop with a 3840x2160 display. When I start the X server via
> |> | startxwin, xterm and emacs open small windows with tiny fonts. Here are the
> |> | xterm and emacs settings in my .Xresources:
> |> But none of those are for fonts. With bitmap fonts, you generally can use 10x20
> |> (12x24 is not so good). Otherwise, your choice would be a TrueType font (which
> |> generally have poor coverage of Unicode -- a problem since xterm loads only one
> |> font).
> |> If you don't need to read CJKV, that's okay though...
> |> With TrueType fonts, you can scale it:
> |> https://invisible-island.net/xterm/manpage/xterm.html#VT100-Widget-Resources:faceSize
> | Thanks. The 10x20 font was still too small, but I was able to get a reasonable
> | xterm by adding
> | XTerm*faceName: Lucida Console
> | XTerm*faceSize: 24
> | to .Xresources. The only remaining problem is that the menus are still tiny. I
> | saw https://invisible-island.net/xterm/xterm.faq.html#tiny_menus, so I changed
> | 'XTerm*geometry: 80x45' to 'XTerm.VT100.geometry: 80x45'. But that didn't
> | help. Do you know how I can fix the menu fonts?
> well, you cannot fix those using TrueType fonts, but since those use only ASCII,
> the poor coverage for 12x24 (the largest bitmap font that I recall) would not
> be a problem.
> (I can work out a suitable resource pattern for that, if you need it).
No, I don't need it. I never use the menus anyway, so maybe I'll just disable
the toolbar. But maybe someone else (Eliot?) would find it useful.