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This is probably strictly a Mandrake question but...
When I launch idle under either Gnome or Kde the text is so
small it's unreadable. It appears to be only idle thats affected
but I'm guessing other Tkinter apps may be affected..

cheers,

Brett
bbhaydon at bigpond.com

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  • Alex at May 30, 2001 at 11:54 am

    When I launch idle under either Gnome or Kde the text is so small it's
    unreadable. It appears to be only idle thats affected
    Have you tried setting the font in ~/.idle? Put something like this in
    there:

    [EditorWindow]
    font-size = 12
    font-name = -Adobe-Courier-Bold-R-Normal--12-120-75-75-M-70-ISO8859-1

    Alex.
  • Mats Wichmann at May 30, 2001 at 5:25 pm
    On 30 May 2001 07:54:01 -0400, Alex wrote:
    When I launch idle under either Gnome or Kde the text is so small it's
    unreadable. It appears to be only idle thats affected
    Have you tried setting the font in ~/.idle? Put something like this in
    there:

    [EditorWindow]
    font-size = 12
    font-name = -Adobe-Courier-Bold-R-Normal--12-120-75-75-M-70-ISO8859-1

    There's also a site-wide config file wherever IDLE got installed
    called config-unix.txt. I've fount the default font choice to be too
    small for a "typical" (whatever that means) Linux install. Try 12 as
    suggested above, at least as a starting point.

    Quality of fonts is another issue entirely, to generalize, most
    public-domain fonts aren't very good, and there's quite a bit of work
    going on on that, both in making better fonts and in rendering the
    ones we do have a bit better.


    Mats Wichmann

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  • Skip Montanaro at May 30, 2001 at 1:09 pm
    Brett> This is probably strictly a Mandrake question but... When I
    Brett> launch idle under either Gnome or Kde the text is so small it's
    Brett> unreadable. It appears to be only idle thats affected but I'm
    Brett> guessing other Tkinter apps may be affected..

    Dunno if it's strictly a Mandrake problem, but it definitely doesn't just
    affect Idle or other Tk apps. There are plenty of complaints and questions
    about font problems on Mandrake-related mailing lists.

    --
    Skip Montanaro (skip at pobox.com)
    (847)971-7098

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