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xfontsel(1)                                                        xfontsel(1)


       xfontsel - point and click selection of X11 font names


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


       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  but-

       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

       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 arbi-
       trary pixel or point sizes.


       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 previ-
       ous 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  selec-
       tion.   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 particu-
       lar 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  applica-
       tion  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  PRI-
       MARY_FONT selection.


       The  application class is XFontSel.  Most of the user-interface is con-
       figured 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

       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 use-
               ful  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  con-
               tains 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

       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
     , class  MenuButton.Simple-
               Menu.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.showUnse-
               lectable:False' is a reasonable thing to specify in a  resource




       xrdb(1), xfd(1)


       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

       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 other-
       wise nothing bad (or good) happens.

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


       Copyright 1989, 1991,  X Consortium

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


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

       Mark Leisher <> added the support  for  the  UTF-8
       sample text.

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