X Resources

Every X application has an inordinate number of resources that you can tweak. This one is no exception. However I don’t follow standard conventions, so it’s all different. Sorry (a little anyway).

To use an X resource add a series of lines to your .Xdefaults file and then run “$ xrdb ~/.Xdefaults”. For example:

Gdraw.ScreenWidthInches: 14.7
Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.Font: 10pt helvetica
Gdraw.Background: white
fontforge.FontView.FontFamily: Helvetica, GillSans

Some systems (the mac) will not automatically load X resources when starting X, in this case you must explicitly tell fontforge where to find a resource file with the preference item: File->Preference->Generic->ResourceFile.

You may also use fontforge’s resource editor (File->X Resource Editor)

If a resource begins with “Gdraw.” or “fontforge.” then the program will look at it.

fontforge.FontView.ChangedColor

Sets the color used to mark changed glyphs.

fontforge.FontView.GlyphInfoColor

Sets the color used to dislpay information about selected glyph, betwen the FontView menu bar and the glyph array.

fontforge.FontView.SelectedColor

Sets the background color of selected glyphs.

fontforge.FontView.SelectedFgColor

Sets the foreground color of selected glyphs.

fontforge.FontView.EmptySlotFgColor

Sets the color of crosses marking empty code points.

fontforge.FontView.HintingNeededColor

Sets the color of markings for glyphs that need hinting or instructing.

fontforge.FontView.FontFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character.

fontforge.FontView.SerifFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a serif font.

fontforge.FontView.ScriptFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a script font.

fontforge.FontView.FrakturFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a fraktur font.

fontforge.FontView.DoubleStruckFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a double-struck font.

fontforge.FontView.SansFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a sans-serif font.

fontforge.FontView.MonoFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the font view to display an example character over each user character when the character is one of the stylized variants in U+1D400-U+1D7FF. Used for characters that should be drawn with a monospaced font.

fontforge.FontView.FontSize

Point size of those fonts.

fontforge.CharView.InfoFamily

A list of font family names to be used in the outline and bitmap character views for information messages.

fontforge.CharView.PointColor

Sets the color used to draw curved, corner or tangent points in the outline character view.

fontforge.CharView.FirstPointColor

Sets the color of the first point on a contour.

fontforge.CharView.SelectedPointColor

Sets the color used to draw selected curved, corner or tangent points in the outline character view.

fontforge.CharView.SelectedPointWidth

Sets the width of the line used to outline selected curved, corner or tangent points in the outline character view.

fontforge.CharView.ExtremePointColor

Sets the color of a point which is an extremum.

fontforge.CharView.PointOfInflectionColor

Sets the color of a location which is a point of inflection.

fontforge.CharView.AlmostHVColor

Sets the color used to mark lines and curves which are almost, but not quite horizontal or vertical.

fontforge.CharView.NextCPColor

Sets the color used to draw the “Next” control point.

fontforge.CharView.PrevCPColor

Sets the color used to draw the “Previous” control point.

fontforge.CharView.SelectedCPColor

Sets the color used to draw a control point that has been selected.

fontforge.CharView.CoordinateLineColor

Sets the color used to draw the coordinate axes.

fontforge.CharView.WidthColor

Sets the color used to draw the advance width line.

fontforge.CharView.WidthSelColor

Sets the color used to draw the advance width if it is selected.

fontforge.CharView.GridFitWidthColor

Sets the color used to draw the advance width once it has been grid fit (if View->Show Grid Fit is on)

fontforge.CharView.LigatureCaretColor

Sets the color used to draw ligature caret lines.

fontforge.CharView.RasterColor

Sets the color used to draw the pixels of a rasterized bitmap (if View->Show Grid Fit or Hints->Debug is on)

fontforge.CharView.RasterNewColor

Sets the color used to draw the pixels of a rasterized bitmap if they have recently been turned on (if Hints->Debug is on)

fontforge.CharView.RasterOldColor

Sets the color used to draw the pixels of a rasterized bitmap f they have recently been turned off (if Hints->Debug is on)

fontforge.CharView.RasterGridColor

Sets the color used to draw the pixel grid used by the rasterizer (if View->Show Grid Fit or Hints->Debug is on)

fontforge.CharView.RasterDarkColor

When doing anti-aliased debugging, sets the color used for the darkest pixel. Other pixels will be interpolated between this and the background.

fontforge.CharView.ItalicCoordColor

Sets the color used to draw various horizontal metrics lines when they have been skewed appropriately for an italic font.

fontforge.CharView.MetricsLabelColor

Sets the color used to label metrics lines

fontforge.CharView.HintLabelColor

Sets the color used to label hint lines (and blue value lines)

fontforge.CharView.BlueValuesStippledCol

Sets the color used to draw the BlueValues and OtherBlues zones.

fontforge.CharView.FamilyBlueStippledColor

Sets the color used to draw the FamilyBlueValues and FamilyOtherBlues zones.

fontforge.CharView.MDHintColor

Sets the color used to draw minimum distance hints

fontforge.CharView.DHintColor

Sets the color used to draw diagonal hints

fontforge.CharView.HHintColor

Sets the color used to draw horizontal stem hints

fontforge.CharView.VHintColor

Sets the color used to draw vertical stem hints

fontforge.CharView.ConflictHintColor

Sets the color used to draw hints when they conflict

fontforge.CharView.HHintActiveColor

Sets the color used to draw a horizontal stem hint when it is active in the review hints dlg.

fontforge.CharView.VHintActiveColor

Sets the color used to draw a vertical stem hint when it is active in the review hints dlg.

fontforge.CharView.HFlexHintColor

Sets the color used to draw the halo around horizontal flex hints

fontforge.CharView.VFlexHintColor

Sets the color used to draw the halo around vertical flex hints.

fontforge.CharView.AnchorColor

Sets the color used to draw an anchor point

fontforge.CharView.TemplateOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw a template outline. (not currently used)

fontforge.CharView.OldOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw the original outline of a set of splines being transformed with one of the transform tools (flip, rotate, scale, etc.)

fontforge.CharView.TransformOriginColor

Sets the color used to draw the origin of the current transformation.

fontforge.CharView.GuideOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw outlines in the Guide layer.

fontforge.CharView.GridFitOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw outlines which have been gridfit (this should probably be the same as BackgroundOutlineColor as both are in the background layer).

fontforge.CharView.BackgroundOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw background outlines.

fontforge.CharView.ForegroundOutlineColor

Sets the color used to draw foreground outlines.

fontforge.CharView.BackgroundImageColor

Sets the color used to draw background images.

fontforge.CharView.FillColor

Sets the color used to draw a character’s fill

fontforge.CharView.TraceColor

Sets the color used to draw the trace of the freehand tool.

fontforge.CharView.Rulers.FontSize

Sets the point size of the font used in the rulers and the info bar. If the font is too big text will be clipped.

fontforge.CharView.Measure.Font

Select the font used to display the information shown in the window associated with the measure tool.

fontforge.DebugView.Font

Select the font used to display the truetype instructions being debugged.

fontforge.DVRaster.Background

Sets the background color of the raster window in the debugger.

fontforge.MetricsView.AdvanceWidthColor

Sets the color for the grid lines in the metrics view when nothing special is happening to them.

fontforge.MetricsView.ItalicAdvanceColor

In an italic font, this will be the color used to draw the line at the italicAngle which corresponds to the italic advance width.

fontforge.MetricsView.KernLineColor

Sets the color for the grid line in the metrics view which currently may be moved to change a glyph’s kerning.

fontforge.MetricsView.SideBearingLneColor

Sets the color for the grid line in the metrics view which currently may be moved to change a glyph’s right side bearing (or bottom side bearing).

fontforge.MetricsView.SelectedGlyphColor

Sets the color for the currently selected glyph in the metrics view.

fontforge.MetricsView.Font

Select the font used to display labels in the metrics view.

fontforge.BDFProperties.Font

Sets the font used in the BDF Properties dialog for stand alone text

fontforge.Combinations.Font

Sets the font used in the kern and anchor combinations dialog for labelling the combinations

fontforge.CVT.Font

Sets the font used in the ‘cvt ‘ table dialog

fontforge.GlyphInfo.Font

Sets the font used in the glyph info dialog for stand alone text

fontforge.Groups.Font

Sets the font used in the Groups dialog

fontforge.Histogram.Font

Sets the font used in the Histogram dialog

fontforge.KernClass.Font

Sets the font used in the kern class and pair dialogs

fontforge.LayersPalette.Font

Sets the font used in the layers palettes dialog

fontforge.Math.Font

Sets the font used in the Math dialog

fontforge.Math.BoldFont

Sets the bold font used in the Math dialog

fontforge.OFLib.Font

Sets the font used in the Open Font Library browser dialog

fontforge.SearchView.Font

Sets the font used in the find and replace dialog

fontforge.SearchView.BoldFont

Sets the bold font used in the find and replace dialog

fontforge.SFTextArea.Font

Sets the font used in the Print dialog and its variants dialog – except I don’t think this ever gets used.

fontforge.ShowATT.Font

Sets the font used in the Show ATT dialog

fontforge.ShowATT.MonoFont

Sets the monospaced font used in the Show ATT dialog

fontforge.Splash.Font

Sets the font used in the splash screen and About FontForge dialog.

fontforge.Splash.ItalicFont

Sets the italic font used in the About FontForge dialog

fontforge.StateMachine.Font

Sets the font used in the Apple state machine dialog

fontforge.TilePath.Font

Sets the font used in the Tile Path dialog

fontforge.TilePath.BoldFont

Sets the bold font used in the Tile Path dialog

fontforge.ToolsPalette.Font

Sets the font used in the Tools Palette dialog for labelling tool options

fontforge.TTInstruction.Font

Sets the font used in the various dialogs which edit truetype instructions (‘fpgm’ table, glyph instructions, etc.)

fontforge.Validate.Font

Sets the font used in the Validate dialog

fontforge.View.Background

Sets the background color for the drawing areas of the fontview, glyph view, bitmap view and metrics view.

fontforge.Warnings.Font

Sets the font used in the Warnings dialog

Gdraw.ScreenWidthCentimeters

A double. (centimeters) X usually does not know the physical width of a screen (it knows the logical, pixel width). Gdraw’s internals are based on points rather than pixels, and it will sometimes pick a font that is too small or too large if it relies on X’s idea of how wide the screen is.

Gdraw.ScreenWidthInches

A double. (inches) Same as the above, except measured in inches.

Gdraw.ScreenWidthPixels

An integer (pixels) When X creates a virtual screen it may not be possible for Gdraw to find the actual number of pixels on the screen. This again will throw off point calculations.

Gdraw.ScreenHeightPixels

An integer (pixels) When X creates a virtual screen it may not be possible for Gdraw to find the actual number of pixels on the screen. This is not used in point calculations.

Gdraw.Depth

An integer (1, 8, 16, 32) You can use this to request a different depth than the default one. Not all servers will support all depths. If FontForge can’t find a visual with the desired depth it will use the default depth.

Gdraw.VisualClass

A string (“StaticGray”, “GrayScale”, “StaticColor”, “PsuedoColor”, “TrueColor”, “DirectColor”) FontForge will search for a visual with the given class (and possibly depth if the depth argument is specified too).

Gdraw.Colormap

An string (“Current”, “Copy”, “Private”) You can use this to control what FontForge does about the colormap on an 8bit screen

  • Current – FontForge will attempt to allocate its colors in the current colormap.
  • Copy – FontForge will allocate what colors it can and then copy the current color map into a private copy. This means FontForge has access to a much wider range of colors, and (as long as the shared colormap doesn’t change) FontForge’s colormap will match that of the rest of the screen.
  • Private – FontForge will allocate a private colormap and set the colors just as it wants them. It will almost certainly not match the shared colormap.

Gdraw.DoDithering

An integer (0 or 1) You can use this to turn off dithering of images on an 8bit screen.

Gdraw.MultiClickTime

An integer (milliseconds) The maximum amount of time allowed between two clicks for them to be considered a double (triple, etc.) click.

Gdraw.MultiClickWiggle

An integer (pixels) The maximum number of pixels the mouse is allowed to move between two clicks and have them still be considered a double click.

Gdraw.TwoButtonFixup

A boolean On a windows keyboard use the modifier key with the flag on it to simulate mouse button 2 (middle button). If this key is depressed when a mouse button is pressed or released then pretend it was button 2 that was pressed or release.

Gdraw.DontOpenXDevices

a boolean

Various people have complained that when FontForge attempts to open the devices of the wacom graphics tablet, the X server gives a BadDevice error. I can’t duplicate this, the open works fine on my system, but this resource allows them to tell fontforge not to try to use the tablet.

Gdraw.MacOSXCmd

A boolean On Mac OS X the user will probably expect to use the Command (apple, cloverleaf) key to control the menu (rather than the Control key). If this is set then the command key will be mapped to the control key internally.

Gdraw.MultiClickWiggle

An integer (pixels) The maximum number of pixels the mouse is allowed to move between two clicks and have them still be considered a double click.

Gdraw.Keyboard

ibm | mac | sun | ppc | 0 | 1 | 2 | 3 Allows you to specify the type of keyboard. Currently this is only relevent when generating menus. The modifier keys are in different locations on different keyboards (under different operating systems) and if FontForge knows what keyboard you are using it can make the hot-keys have better labels.

  • ibm | 0 Uses the Control and Alt keys
  • mac | 1 Uses the Command and Option keys (Mac OS/X, Mac keyboard)
  • ppc | 3 Uses the Control and Command keys (Suse ppc linux, Mac keyboard)
  • sun | 2 Uses the Control and Meta keys

Gdraw.SelectionNotifyTimeout

An integer (seconds) Gdraw will wait this many seconds after making a request for a selection (ie. when doing a Paste). If it gets no responce after that period it reports a failure.

Gdraw.Background

A color Gdraw will use this as the default background color for the windows.

Gdraw.Foreground

A color Gdraw will use this as the default foreground color for dialogs.

Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.Foreground

A color Specifies the foreground color of popup (tooltip) messages.

Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.Background

A color Specifies the background color of popup messages.

Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.Delay

An integer (milliseconds). Specifies the amount of time the cursor must remain motionless before a popup message pops up.

Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.LifeTime

An integer (milliseconds). Specifies the length of time the message will display.

Gdraw.GGadget.Popup.Font

A font Specifies the font to use in a popup message.

Gdraw.GGadget.Progress.FillCol

A color Specifies the color of the progress bar in the progress window.

Gdraw.GGadget.Progress.Background

A color Specifies the background color of progress window.

Gdraw.GGadget.Progress.Font

A font Specifies the font to use in a progress window.

Gdraw.GGadget.ImagePath

A unix style path string, with directories separated by “:”. The sequence “~/” at the start of a directory will be interpreted as the user’s home directory. If a directory is “=” then the installed pixmap directory will be used. Specifies the search path for images. Specifically those used in the menus, and those used in various gadgets listed below.

Gdraw.GGadget...

Every ggadget in enclosed in a box. No gadget is actually a GGadget, but every other gadget inherits (potentially with modification) from this abstract class. The following information may be supplied for any box:

...Box.BorderType

one of “none”, “box”, “raised”, “lowered”, “engraved”, “embossed”, “double” For a description of these see the css manual.

...Box.BorderShape

one of “rect”, “roundrect”, “ellipse”, “diamond” Describes the basic shape of the box. (some ggadgets must be in rectangles).

...Box.BorderWidth

An integer (points) Specifies the width of the box’s border in points (NOT pixels)

...Box.Padding

An integer (points) Specifies the padding between the interior of the box and the border

...Box.Radius

An integer (points) Specifies the radius of a roundrect. Ignored for everything else.

...Box.BorderInner

A boolean (true, on or 1, false, off or 0) Specifies whether a line should be drawn inside the border.

...Box.BorderInnerCol

A color Specifies a color of line that should be drawn inside a border.

...Box.BorderOuter

A boolean (true, on or 1, false, off or 0) Specifies whether a black line should be drawn outside the border.

...Box.BorderOuterCol

A color Specifies a color of line that should be drawn outside a border.

...Box.ActiveInner

A boolean (true, on or 1, false, off or 0) Specifies whether a yellow line should be drawn inside the border when the gadget is active (not all gadgets support this).

...Box.DoDepressedBackground

A boolean (true, on or 1, false, off or 0) Changes the color of the background while a button is depressed.

...Box.GradientBG

A boolean (true, on or 1, false, off or 0) Draws a gradient from GradientStartCol (at top and bottom edge) to Background (in the center).

...Box.BorderBrightest

A color The color of the brightest edge of the border (usually the left edge)

...Box.BorderBrighter

A color The color of the next to brightest edge of the border (usually the top edge)

...Box.BorderDarkest

A color The color of the darkest edge of the border (usually the right edge)

...Box.BorderDarker

A color The color of the next to next to darkest edge of the border. (usually the bottom edge)

...Box.NormalBackground

A color The color of a normal background (not disabled, not depressed)

...Box.NormalForeground

A color The color of a normal foreground (not disabled)

...Box.DisabledBackground

A color The color of a disabled background .

...Box.DisabledForeground

A color The color of a normal foreground.

...Box.ActiveBorder

A color The color of an ActiveInner border.

...Box.PressedBackground

A color The color of a depressed background.

...Box.GradientStartCol

A color Only meaningful if GradientBG is set. Draws a gradient of colors for the background with this color as the start point at the top and bottom edges of the gadget, and Background as the end point in the center of it.

...Font

A font Specifies the default font for a ggadget.

Gdraw.GButton... Gdraw.GDefaultButton... Inherits from GButton Gdraw.GCancelButton... Inherits from GButton Gdraw.GLabel... Gdraw.GDropList... Gdraw.GListMark... controls the shape of the mark used to show the menu of a combo box. Gdraw.GRadio... affects the text of the radio GDraw.GRadioOn... -- affects the shape used (above, the diamond to the left of the text) of an on radio button GDraw.GRadioOff... -- affects the shape used of an off radio button Gdraw.GCheckBox... GDraw.GCheckBoxOn... GDraw.GCheckBoxOff... Gdraw.GTextField... Gdraw.GComboBox... Inherits from GTextField Gdraw.GComboBoxMenu... Inherits from GComboBox (This is the box drawn around the GListMark in a ComboBox) Gdraw.GNumericField... Inherits from GTextField Gdraw.GNumericFieldSpinner... Inherits from GNumericField Gdraw.GList... Gdraw.GScrollBar... Gdraw.GScrollBarThumb... Gdraw.GGroup... -- a frame around groups of gadgets. Gdraw.GLine... Gdraw.GMenu... Gdraw.GMenuBar... Gdraw.GTabSet...

As above. Specifies the box, font, color, etc. for this particular type of ggadget.

Gdraw.GHVGroupBox

Don’t use it! Old versions of X resource editor saved Gdraw.GGroup under this name. That was wrong, as it was never actually recognized by X Resource loader and had no effect. The confusion is because we actually have two gadgets: GGroup and GHVBox, that are supposed to work in tandem. Actually, only GGroup is worth styling.

Gdraw.GHVBox

A group of gadgets that sits inside GGroup and supports graceful reflow of window contents in event of resizing. Modelled after GTK boxes. It’s supposed to be invisible, but interface developers might actually want to style it.

Gdraw.GScrollBar.Width

An integer (points) Specifies the scrollbar width in points (for horizontal scrollbars it specifies the height)

Gdraw.GListMark.Width

An integer (points) Specifies the width for the little mark at the end of comboboxes and drop lists.

Gdraw.GListMark.Image

A filename of an image file Will be used instead of GListMark.Box if present. This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GListMark.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file Will be used instead of GListMark.Box for disabled (non-clickable) instances, if present. This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GMenu.Grab

A boolean Controls whether menus do pointer grabs. Debugging is easier if they don’t. Default is for them to do grabs.

Gdraw.GMenu.MacIcons

A boolean Controls whether menus show shortcuts as the standard mac icons (cloverleaf for Command key, up arrow for shift, \^ for control and wierd squiggle for Option(Meta/Alt)) or as text (“Cnt-Shft-A”). Default is True on the mac and False elsewhere.


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Gdraw.GRadioOn.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a radio button. (This is drawn within the GRadioOn box, if you intend the image to be the entire radio marker you should probably make the GRadioOn box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GRadioOn.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a disabled (non-clickable) radio button. (This is drawn within the GRadioOn box, if you intend the image to be the entire radio marker you should probably make the GRadioOn box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GRadioOff.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a radio button. (This is drawn within the GRadioOff box, if you intend the image to be the full radio marker you should probably make the GRadioOff box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GRadioOff.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a disabled (non-clickable) radio button. (This is drawn within the GRadioOff box, if you intend the image to be the full radio marker you should probably make the GRadioOff box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GCheckBoxOn.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a check box button. (This is drawn within the GCheckBoxOn box, if you intend the image to be the complete check box marker you should probably make the GCheckBoxOn box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GCheckBoxOn.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a disabled (non-clickable) check box button. (This is drawn within the GCheckBoxOn box, if you intend the image to be the complete check box marker you should probably make the GCheckBoxOn box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GCheckBoxOff.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a check box button. (This is drawn within the GCheckBoxOff box, if you intend the image to be the sole check box marker you should probably make the GCheckBoxOff box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GCheckBoxOff.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a disabled )non-clickable) check box button. (This is drawn within the GCheckBoxOff box, if you intend the image to be the sole check box marker you should probably make the GCheckBoxOff box be a blank rectangle). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GVisibilityBoxOn.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a visibility box button. (This is the “eye” drawn within the layers palette of glyph view). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GVisibilityBoxOn.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “On” state of a disabled (non-clickable) visibility box button. (This is the “eye” drawn within the layers palette of glyph view). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GVisibilityBoxOff.Image

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a visibility box button. (This is the “eye” drawn within the layers palette of glyph view). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GVisibilityBoxOff.DisabledImage

A filename of an image file. Used for drawing the “Off” state of a disabled (non-clickable) visibility box button. (This is the “eye” drawn within the layers palette of glyph view). This is either a fully qualified pathname, or the filename of an image in the pixmap directory.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.TitleFont

A font. The font used to draw titles in a GMatrixEdit. By default this is smaller and bolder than the font used for text in the matrix edit.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.TitleBG

A color. Background color used for the titles of a matrix edit.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.TitleFG

A color. Foreground color used to draw the text of the titles of a matrix edit.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.TitleDivider

A color. Color used to draw the divider lines in the titles of a matrix edit.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.RuleCol

A color. Used to draw the horizontal and vertical lines in the body of a matrix edit.

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.FrozenCol

A color. Used to draw text in a cell which is frozen (cannot but updated by the user)

Gdraw.GMatrixEdit.ActiveCol

A color. Used to draw text in the cell which is active (and used for the “<New>” entry).

Colors

Colors may be specified as:

  • rgb(r,g,b) where r,g and b are doubles between 0 and 1.0
  • argb(a,r,g,b) where a,r,g, and b are doubles between 0 and 1.0 (The alpha channel is only supported in windows with cairo – that is the glyph view. Alpha 1.0 is fully opaque, alpha 0.0 should be fully transparent, values in between are translucent. Since drawing something fully transparent has no effect, FontForge treats transparent spot colors as fully opaque).
  • rgb(r%,g%,b%) where r, g, and b are doubles between 0% and 100%
  • hsv(h,s,v) A color expressed as hue (between 0 and 360), saturation (0.0 and 1.0) and value (0.0 and 1.0)
  • hsl(h,s,l) A color expressed as hue (between 0 and 360), saturation (0.0 and 1.0) and luminosity (0.0 and 1.0)
  • r g b where r, g, and b are decimal integers between 0 and 255
  • #rgb where r, g, and b are hex digits between 0 and 15 (0xf)
  • #rrggbb where rr, gg, bb are hex numbers between 0x00 and 0xff
  • #aarrggbb where aa, rr, gg, bb are hex numbers between 0x00 and 0xff (The alpha channel is only supported in cairo windows. If alpha is 0, then fontforge will treat the color as opaque because drawing a completely transparent spot color does nothing).
  • #rrrrggggbbbb where rrrr, gggg, bbbb are hex numbers between 0x0000 and 0xffff
  • or one of the color names accepted on the net (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, white, black, maroon, olive, navy, purple, lime, aqua, teal, fuchsia, silver)

Fonts

A font may be specified as: <boldness> <italicness> <pointsize> <familyname> (I know the order looks a bit weird but that’s what is used by css).

  • <boldness> can be:
    • nothing – the font is not bold
    • bold – the font is bold
    • a number – (between 0 and 999), a numeric value that gives some idea of how bold the font should be. 200 would be a light font, 400 an normal font, 700 a bold font and 999 and ultra-black font.
  • <italicness> can be:
    • nothing – the font is not italic
    • italic – the font is italic
    • oblique – the font is oblique (italic)
  • <pointsize> can be:
    • nothing – a default point size is chosen
    • a number followed by “pt” – specifies the point size.

Examples

  • bold 14pt helvetica Helvetica Bold at 14 points
  • italic 10pt times Times italic at 10 points

Keyboards and Mice.

FontForge assumes that your keyboard has a control key and some equivalent of a meta key. FontForge works best with a three button mouse.

Almost all keyboards now-a-days will have the needed modifier keys, but which key is used for what will depend on the keyboard and the OS (for instance XDarwin and suse linux use quite different mappings for the modifier keys on the mac keyboard). Usually this is only relevant for menus (and mnemonics). FontForge tries to guess the keyboard from the environment in which it was compiled. But with X this may not always be appropriate. So the “Gdraw.Keyboard” resource above may be used to change this. (Currently this setting only control the labels that appear in menus for the hotkeys).

Mice are more problematic. On PCs we usually have two button mice and on mac single button mice. Many linuxes that run on a PC will give you an option of simulating the middle button of the mouse by depressing the left and right buttons simultaneously. FontForge will also allow you to simulate it by holding down the super key (usually this is the one with the picture of a windows flag on it) while depressing either mouse button.

On the mac I don’t see any good way of simulating a three button mouse…

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