[mythtv-users] Arclight fonts

jr jraymyth at gmail.com
Tue May 25 18:13:56 UTC 2010

OK. So, modding the theme is the only way. :-)

On May 25, 2010 1:57 PM, "Michael T. Dean" <mtdean at thirdcontact.com> wrote:

On 05/25/2010 01:24 PM, jr wrote:
> I really like arclight, but the fonts are tiny and my eyes a...
You can either have a flexible UI or you can have a user-adjustable UI.
 MythTV chose flexible.  (AIUI, we're no different from XBMC on this front,
either--there you need to switch or edit the "skin" to change the font.)

If you don't understand the issues that allowing users to change the sizes
of the fonts for which the entire theme was designed, please reference all
the tickets on Trac about how text (in some translation) doesn't fit in the
text boxes.  You'd have the same issue in all translations if users could
just change font sizes.  Similarly, text wouldn't properly align with
non-textual elements of the theme.

Therefore, anyone wanting differently-sized fonts needs to either change to
a different theme or take the time to *design* a theme with font sizes to
their liking, but such that everything fits and aligns properly.

Note that in pre-mythui versions of MythTV, the only way to change font size
was to select from one of 3 pre-specified font sizes (big, small, default).
 This approach required the themer to define one or more of these font sizes
in the theme.  If the themer defined only default, then--regardless of the
user-specified font size--the theme used the exact same font.  If the themer
defined default and big and did not define small, the theme used the same
font for default and small and a different font for big.

The *huge* problem with this approach was that a) users didn't understand
why sometimes the font size didn't work and (much more importantly), b)
themers were required to design and test every single screen in MythTV 3
times to make a theme that supported big, small, and default font sizes.

So, really, nothing has changed in the new MythTV--except that now, it's not
longer the themer's responsibility to do 3 themes at once.  Instead, the
themer designs the theme to work as desired, then--when someone else decides
that they don't like the font sizes--someone else can re-design the same
theme (or a whole new one if they like) to use different font sizes.

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