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[Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49216] title texts in qt plots are "ugly"

From: Hartmut
Subject: [Octave-bug-tracker] [bug #49216] title texts in qt plots are "ugly"
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:52:53 +0000 (UTC)
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Follow-up Comment #5, bug #49216 (project octave):

You where right, Rik. If I explicitly use the "Arial" font, then the title
looks much nicer! It is only the default font "*" that produces this "ugly"
non-antialiased bold title texts, this seems to simple be a non-aliasing

Since inbetween Octave 4.0.3 and 4.2.0-rc2 the title texts in qt plots where
changed from "normal" to "bold", it is now much more obvious that the default
font is an "ugly" one, not using anti-aliasing.

I know how to work-around this by using

set (0, "DefaultAxesFontName", "Arial")
#maybe also
set (0, "DefaultTextFontName", "Arial")

But I would prefer a solution that produces "nice" plots out of the box for
Octave-Windows users. So my question is: Can we pick some (True Type) font on
Windows systems for the default fontname?

I am not quite sure what the default fontname on my Windows system really is.
I know of no simple way to find out. (This seems to be rather difficult, see
bug #43651 ).

If I create a plot windows, then use the GUI button to create the "annotation
dialog". Then the default "fontname" that is marked in this very long drop
down list is called "MS Shell Dlg2", and this one is NOT TrueType. Maybe this
is my default fontname, but I'm not sure.

Would it make sense to change the default fontname from the system default "*"
into some very widly spread TrueType font like "Arial" on Windows systems (or
on all systems) ?


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