microscopic fonts in TL guis

Jim Diamond Jim.Diamond at acadiau.ca
Thu Apr 23 15:44:02 CEST 2020

On Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 12:46 (+0200), Siep Kroonenberg wrote:

> On Wed, Apr 08, 2020 at 11:31:36AM -0300, Jim Diamond via tex-live wrote:
>> On Wed, Apr  8, 2020 at 16:20 (+0200), Zdenek Wagner wrote:

>>> my experience with SW written in ParlTk is that it (at least on my
>>> computers) often starts with such tiny fonts. I am not an expert but
>>> it helps if I use this command-line option:

>>> -font 'Helvetica,24'

>>> I tried different numbers and 24 looks well on my computer, you shoud
>>> experiment with it. And this is not related to tlmgr --gui, this was
>>> an experiment with a PerlTk program written by me. Maybe someone comes
>>> with a better method.

>> Thanks Zdenek, that does the trick with tlmgr.  And *now* I see that
>> option on page 28 of the tlmgr doc (mea culpa).

>> I had looked at "texdoc tlshell" and "texdoc tlcockpit" and neither
>> give any enlightenment about fonts.  Obviously I gave up too quickly.

>> This solution doesn't work for tlshell or tlcockpit.  Norbert and
>> Siep: any similar option(s) there?  If so, what do you think about adding
>> them to the texdoc info?

> As I wrote to the tex-live list, font size in tlshell is now
> scalable via the options menu.

> Additionally: I just found out that Tcl/Tk responds to the value of
> Xft.dpi in ~/.Xresources, at least on myi ubuntu 18.04 system, which
> has only a window manager (fvwm), and no desktop.


thanks for that info.  (More info for the docs?  Or maybe everyone
should be setting Xft.dpi by now?)


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