xfontsel

XFONTSEL(1)                  General Commands Manual                 XFONTSEL(1)



NAME
       xfontsel - point and click selection of X11 font names

SYNTAX
       xfontsel [-toolkitoption ...]  [-pattern fontname] [-print] [-sample
       text] [-sample16 text16] [-sampleUCS textUCS] [-scaled]

DESCRIPTION
       The xfontsel application provides a simple way to display the fonts known
       to your X server, examine samples of each, and retrieve the X Logical
       Font Description ("XLFD") full name for a font.

       If -pattern is not specified, all fonts with XLFD 14-part names will be
       selectable.  To work with only a subset of the fonts, specify -pattern
       followed by a partially or fully qualified font name; e.g., ``-pattern
       *medium*'' will select that subset of fonts which contain the string
       ``medium'' somewhere in their font name.  Be careful about escaping
       wildcard characters in your shell.

       If -print is specified on the command line the selected font specifier
       will be written to standard output when the quit button is activated.
       Regardless of whether or not -print was specified, the font specifier may
       be made the PRIMARY (text) selection by activating the select button.

       The -sample option specifies the sample text to be used to display the
       selected font if the font is linearly indexed, overriding the default.

       The -sample16 option specifies the sample text to be used to display the
       selected font if the font is matrix encoded, overriding the default.

       The -sampleUCS option specifies the sample text encoded in the UTF-8 form
       to be used to display the selected font if the font has a
       CHARSET_REGISTRY of ISO10646, overriding the default.

       The -scaled option enables the ability to select scaled fonts at
       arbitrary pixel or point sizes.

INTERACTIONS
       Clicking any pointer button in one of the XLFD field names will pop up a
       menu of the currently-known possibilities for that field.  If previous
       choices of other fields were made, only values for fonts which matched
       the previously selected fields will be selectable; to make other values
       selectable, you must deselect some other field(s) by choosing the ``*''
       entry in that field.  Unselectable values may be omitted from the menu
       entirely as a configuration option; see the ShowUnselectable resource,
       below.  Whenever any change is made to a field value, xfontsel will
       assert ownership of the PRIMARY_FONT selection.  Other applications (see,
       e.g., xterm) may then retrieve the selected font specification.

       Scalable fonts come back from the server with zero for the pixel size,
       point size, and average width fields.  Selecting a font name with a zero
       in these positions results in an implementation-dependent size.  Any
       pixel or point size can be selected to scale the font to a particular
       size.  Any average width can be selected to anamorphically scale the font
       (although you may find this challenging given the size of the average
       width menu).

       Clicking the left pointer button in the select widget will cause the
       currently selected font name to become the PRIMARY text selection as well
       as the PRIMARY_FONT selection.  This then allows you to paste the string
       into other applications.  The select button remains highlighted to remind
       you of this fact, and de-highlights when some other application takes the
       PRIMARY selection away.  The select widget is a toggle; pressing it when
       it is highlighted will cause xfontsel to release the selection ownership
       and de-highlight the widget.  Activating the select widget twice is the
       only way to cause xfontsel to release the PRIMARY_FONT selection.

RESOURCES
       The application class is XFontSel.  Most of the user-interface is
       configured in the app-defaults file; if this file is missing a warning
       message will be printed to standard output and the resulting window will
       be nearly incomprehensible.

       Most of the significant parts of the widget hierarchy are documented in
       /usr/share/X11/app-defaults/XFontSel,

       Application specific resources:

       cursor (class Cursor)
               Specifies the cursor for the application window.

       pattern (class Pattern)
               Specifies the font name pattern for selecting a subset of
               available fonts.  Equivalent to the -pattern option.  Most useful
               patterns will contain at least one field delimiter; e.g.
               ``*-m-*'' for monospaced fonts.

       pixelSizeList (class PixelSizeList)
               Specifies a list of pixel sizes to add to the pixel size menu, so
               that scalable fonts can be selected at those pixel sizes.  The
               default pixelSizeList contains 7, 30, 40, 50, and 60.

       pointSizeList (class PointSizeList)
               Specifies a list of point sizes (in units of tenths of points) to
               add to the point size menu, so that scalable fonts can be
               selected at those point sizes.  The default pointSizeList
               contains 250, 300, 350, and 400.

       printOnQuit (class PrintOnQuit)
               If True the currently selected font name is printed to standard
               output when the quit button is activated.  Equivalent to the
               -print option.

       sampleText (class Text)
               The sample 1-byte text to use for linearly indexed fonts.  Each
               glyph index is a single byte, with newline separating lines.

       sampleText16 (class Text16)
               The sample 2-byte text to use for matrix-encoded fonts.  Each
               glyph index is two bytes, with a 1-byte newline separating lines.

       scaledFonts (class ScaledFonts)
               If True then selection of arbitrary pixel and point sizes for
               scalable fonts is enabled.

       Widget specific resources:

       showUnselectable (class ShowUnselectable)
               Specifies, for each field menu, whether or not to show values
               that are not currently selectable, based upon previous field
               selections.  If shown, the unselectable values are clearly
               identified as such and do not highlight when the pointer is moved
               down the menu.  The full name of this resource is
               fieldN.menu.options.showUnselectable, class
               MenuButton.SimpleMenu.Options.ShowUnselectable; where N is
               replaced with the field number (starting with the left-most field
               numbered 0).  The default is True for all but field 11 (average
               width of characters in font) and False for field 11.  If you
               never want to see unselectable entries,
               '*menu.options.showUnselectable:False' is a reasonable thing to
               specify in a resource file.

FILES
        $XFILESEARCHPATH/XFontSel

SEE ALSO
       xrdb(1), xfd(1)

BUGS
       Sufficiently ambiguous patterns can be misinterpreted and lead to an
       initial selection string which may not correspond to what the user
       intended and which may cause the initial sample text output to fail to
       match the proffered string.  Selecting any new field value will correct
       the sample output, though possibly resulting in no matching font.

       Should be able to return a FONT for the PRIMARY selection, not just a
       STRING.

       Any change in a field value will cause xfontsel to assert ownership of
       the PRIMARY_FONT selection.  Perhaps this should be parameterized.

       When running on a slow machine, it is possible for the user to request a
       field menu before the font names have been completely parsed.  An error
       message indicating a missing menu is printed to stderr but otherwise
       nothing bad (or good) happens.

       The average-width menu is too large to be useful.

COPYRIGHT
       Copyright 1989, 1991,  X Consortium

       See X(7) for a full statement of rights and permissions.

AUTHOR
       Ralph R. Swick, Digital Equipment Corporation/MIT Project Athena

       Mark Leisher <mleisher@crl.nmsu.edu> added the support for the UTF-8
       sample text.



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