[time-nuts] Lady Heather's Window, font size
brooke at pacific.net
Sun Feb 1 16:16:25 UTC 2009
I've been working with my PC display adapter and it's related software. In WIN
XP when I right click the desktop \ properties \ settings \advanced \ general
there is an option for DPI with 96 the default, 120 the option I choose for
larger text in general applications, or a custom setting.
Also regarding fonts. There are fixed fonts, like courier, and True Type
variable fonts that scale, like Times New Roman.
> I have found it difficult to find out from within a Windows program how big
> or small a particular font is rendered. Windows has a function called
> TextWidth (and TextHeight) that does not work correctly for all fonts. It
> seems to be video card driver dependant too, as the same fonts look
> different (and have different size) on different video cards.
> I wrote a small VB program that you can use to find out if windows is lying
> for a particular font.
> It's at http://www.ko4bb.com/VB_Projects/TextWidth/TextWidth.exe
> This programs sets the size of the colored background to what windows says
> the font takes. You can see some fonts work well, and some don't. I have
> found that most of the time, Windows returns a size greater than is actually
> That can be useful if you use these functions by letting you choose fonts
> that work.
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: time-nuts-bounces at febo.com
>> [mailto:time-nuts-bounces at febo.com] On Behalf Of Magnus Danielson
>> Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 8:46 AM
>> To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
>> Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Lady Heather's Window
>> Magnus Danielson skrev:
>>> John Miles skrev:
>>>> Here's my quick-and-dirty Windows port (including the
>> modified source code):
>>>> http://www.ke5fx.com/tbolt/setup.exe (600K)
>>>> Tested on XP, should be fine on Win9x/2K, no telling with Vista.
>>>> As with Mark's original program, the default is COM1;
>> you'll need to
>>>> modify your Windows shortcut to run "heather /x" (without
>> the quotes) for COMx.
>>> It runs fine functionally, however, the font is minimalistic and I
>>> can't read anything written. But the graphs seems to work
>> etc. Also, I
>>> can't change the display at run-time, which would be nice.
>> /vl does not improve the size of fonts, just the overall
>> windown size.
>> It is notable that it maps to the wrong font as the right and
>> lower part of the text-area is left empty, but the everything
>> seems to work, just below the limit to unreadable.
>> I lack the Windows magic wand capability...
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