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XFONTSEL(1)							   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  but-
       ton.

       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 arbi-
       trary 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 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.


RESOURCES
       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
       /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 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
	       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.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
	       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 other-
       wise 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.



X Version 11			xfontsel 1.0.1			   XFONTSEL(1)
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