[mythtv-users] The fonts in mythtvfrontend ...

Michael T. Dean mtdean at thirdcontact.com
Wed Dec 16 00:43:24 UTC 2009

On 12/15/2009 07:05 AM, lee wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 08:39:59PM -0500, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>> On 12/14/2009 08:36 AM, lee wrote:
>>> On Sun, Dec 13, 2009 at 01:45:05PM -0500, Michael T. Dean wrote:
>>>> Better to look
>>>> http://www.mythtv.org/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions#All_my_fonts_look_like_they_are_the_wrong_sizes.2C_how_can_I_correct_this.3F 
>>>> as it gives more background--basically saying, "Unless you've broken
>>>> your X configuration, the font sizes are completely determined by the
>>>> theme."
>>> So that means that the themes specify broken font sizes
>> No, we can't say that until we've a) verified that your display-related
>> settings are correct or (better) b) had independent confirmation from a
>> number of other users.
> I could provide some screenshots for you to look at.

That's also a great way to get people to say whether it's as expected or

>> problem.  (And the problem /could/ in fact be your eyes--meaning you
>> have a different artistic idea of how big the fonts should be from the
>> author of the theme.)
> Let me put it that way: The fonts could be a lot smaller and still be
> perfectly readable. The advantage would be that more information would
> be visible --- like the titles of recordings not cut off with "..." in
> the list of recordings, or a useful overview when you look at the TV
> program.
>>>  (probably
>>> because they are meant for different displays and using fullscreen
>>> only). But there are fonts and font sizes that can be configured in
>>> the settings of mythfrontend. Those don't seem to work --- and if they
>>> don't, what are they for?
>> They're for removal.
>> (They apply only to the non-themed Qt widgets--basically the setup pages
>> and a couple of dialogs, such as the "Do you really want to exit?" dialog.)
> So I would have to create my own theme. Hm. Or is there one for using
> mythfrontend on your computer rather than on a TV?

Ah, yeah...  All of the MythTV themes I know were designed for the
"10-foot" (3-meter) interface.  They use font sizes that are visible and
easily readable from the couch across the room from the TV.

I know that many people would be /very/ excited to see a desktop-centric
("2-foot (60-cm) UI") theme or 2.  And, now's the time to decide to
create a new theme--you could actually win some nice prizes:
http://www.mythtv.org/theming-competition .


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