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The Font Control Tab

This tab allows you to manage font sources that can be used in X-sessions and to specify how XServer will use fonts in X-sessions.

Priority ordered path

XServer uses the Priority ordered path list on X client's requests for any font. XServer searches for the required font according to the order of font sources till the first matching occurs. In the Font search path group box, you can rearrange the Priority ordered path list for XServer with the Insert before, Insert after, Cut, and Delete buttons.

You can enter a font directory path in the Font directory edit field, or use the Browse button to select it, or highlight a font path from within the Priority ordered path list and press Cut.

XServer must have access at least to the fixed and cursor fonts. The \FONTS\MINIMAL and \FONTS\MISC font subdirectories contain them. So the Priority ordered path list must contain these font directories.

You can specify that you want to use a font server running on one or more hosts. Instead of forcing XServer to read all fonts from your PC, the X FontServer Protocol makes it possible to manage fonts separately from XServer, directing XServer to request fonts from a font server.
For example, the tcp/hp9000:7100 path specifies the font server host called hp9000 on port 7100:

For more details, see section Font Path in chapter Font Control.

Enable Scaled Fonts

If this check box is checked, then it allows XServer to use scaled fonts.


This button sets up the default values for check boxes and edit fields in the tab.

Pseudo fonts

If you plan to use MS Windows fonts in X-sessions, press the Pseudo fonts button to choose MS Windows fonts and assign aliases to them. This means creating pseudo fonts.

MS Windows font specifications and aliases for Pseudo Fonts are stored in the Pseudo Fonts Directory. The Pseudo Fonts Directory, WINFONTS subdirectory, is located under the home directory (by default) of the software package.

If you need some X font that is inaccessible, XServer allows you to use any MS Windows font instead of it. MS Windows fonts do not support X11 font naming conventions. Therefore, pseudo names (aliases) are used to access them. To use a MS Windows font, you should create a pseudo font for it (i.e. choose one and assign a desirable alias). Pseudo fonts can be created in advance or immediately in the X-session.

Loading pseudo fonts takes some time to create their images. Reading font image from the X11 format file is faster. It becomes essential if X client uses a lot of fonts. To prevent this time loss, you can compile and save images of frequently used pseudo fonts in the X11-like format in your Pseudo Fonts Directory or in any font directory for later use. This will require some disk space.

You can also create a pseudo font directly in the X-session on particular X client's font requests. Unfortunately, pseudo fonts created on X client's requests become accessible only after restarting the X-session. In the current X-session, XServer uses the default font instead of requested one.

You can define whether to use pseudo fonts in the X-session or not. You should define priority of Pseudo Fonts Directory among other font sources in the Priority ordered path list. XServer will use pseudo fonts as well as X fonts.

On how you can manage pseudo fonts, see section Pseudo Fonts in chapter Font Control.

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