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Re: Setting font to Lucida Grande on Mac OS X

From: Sancho Neves-Graca
Subject: Re: Setting font to Lucida Grande on Mac OS X
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2003 03:19:38 +0200

Thanks to Luc and Andrew for their replies. My posting fell somewhere between a user problem and a development issue. From the point of view of a user, he would check on the documentation for how to set a desired font on a frame, namely the font used by his operating system per default. But as soon as it is apparent that Emacs does not seem to know about such font, it does become a development question. Andrew clarified that the Carbon implementation of Emacs does not directly make use of the native TrueType font. Thus fonts kept in /System/Library/Fonts are not directly used by Emacs. There does seem to me to be a scarce availablity of fonts for the Emacs Carbon implementation. The default font (Monaco) is in my opinion hard on the eyes either for source code or XML editing, because the vertical to horizontal ratio of a letter box is too high. Contrast that with the default font setting of Project Builder (Lucida Grande Regular 11 pt), where the letters are much more well-rounded and pleasing to the eye. One working solution is to use good old Courier ("-*-Courier-*-140-*"). I have now built Emacs on Mac OS X using X11 and the offered fonts are others than those that can be set with the Carbon implementation and again Courier looks the best compromise. Perhaps with the X11 build new fonts for Emacs can more readily be installed.

On Monday, September 15, 2003, at 05:09 PM, Luc Teirlinck wrote:

Andrew Choi wrote:

   do something like this:

M-x set-frame-font RET -apple-lucida grande-medium-r-normal--12-0-75-75-m-0-mac-roman

I guess that gets rid of Sancho's concrete problem, but it does not
answer the following question:

Why does

M-x set-frame-font RET -*-Courier-*-120-*

work and

M-x set-frame-font RET -*-Lucida Grande-*-120-*


Maybe `-*-Lucida Grande-*-120-*' really is unmatched (I can not
check), but look at the example below.

The difference between a user question belonging on `gnu.emacs.help'
and a question belonging on this site is that the answer to the former
could have been found in the standard documentation, in this case the
Emacs manual.

From (emacs)Font X :

    You can use wildcard patterns for the font name; then Emacs lets X
    choose one of the fonts that match the pattern.

Not quite.  Emacs (or X) will not be able to find some fonts this way.
Neither will xlsfonts.  I guess that if I were an expert on fonts, the
example below would be obvious to me, but I believe that being an
expert on fonts should not be a prerequisite to being able to specify
a font for Emacs.

[bash2.05b.0 ~ 3 1] emacs-21.3.50 -fn
No fonts match `-abisource-courier-bold-i-normal--17-120-*-*-*-*-*'
[bash2.05b.0 ~ 3 2] emacs-21.3.50 -fn
[bash2.05b.0 ~ 3 3]

Why does the second line work and the first one not?  Does `*' not
match `*-*' anyway?  It does for `-*-Courier-*-120-*'.

Is it possible to tell in one or two lines in (emacs)Font X what is
going on here?  Or am I missing something truly obvious (even to non
font experts)?



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