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XFONTSEL(1)							   XFONTSEL(1)

       xfontsel	- point	and click selection of X11 font	names

       xfontsel	 [-toolkitoption  ...]	 [-pattern fontname] [-print] [-sample
       text] [-sample16	text16]	[-sampleUCS textUCS] [-scaled]

       The xfontsel application	provides a simple way  to  display  the	 fonts
       known  to  your	X  server, examine samples of each, and	retrieve the X
       Logical Font Description	("XLFD") full name for a font.

       If -pattern is not specified, all fonts with XLFD 14-part names will be
       selectable.   To	work with only a subset	of the fonts, specify -pattern
       followed	by a partially or fully	qualified font name; e.g.,  ``-pattern
       *medium*''  will	 select	 that subset of	fonts which contain the	string
       ``medium'' somewhere in their font name.	  Be  careful  about  escaping
       wildcard	characters in your shell.

       If  -print is specified on the command line the selected	font specifier
       will be written to standard output when the quit	button	is  activated.
       Regardless  of  whether or not -print was specified, the	font specifier
       may be made the PRIMARY (text) selection	by activating the select  but-

       The  -sample option specifies the sample	text to	be used	to display the
       selected	font if	the font is linearly indexed, overriding the  default.

       The  -sample16  option  specifies the sample text to be used to display
       the selected font  if  the  font	 is  matrix  encoded,  overriding  the

       The  -sampleUCS	option	specifies the sample text encoded in the UTF-8
       form to be used to  display  the	 selected  font	 if  the  font	has  a
       CHARSET_REGISTRY	of ISO10646, overriding	the default.

       The  -scaled option enables the ability to select scaled	fonts at arbi-
       trary pixel or point sizes.

       Clicking	any pointer button in one of the XLFD field names will pop  up
       a  menu of the currently-known possibilities for	that field.  If	previ-
       ous choices of other fields were	made,  only  values  for  fonts	 which
       matched	the  previously	 selected  fields  will	be selectable; to make
       other values selectable,	you  must  deselect  some  other  field(s)  by
       choosing	 the  ``*''  entry  in that field.  Unselectable values	may be
       omitted from the	menu entirely  as  a  configuration  option;  see  the
       ShowUnselectable	 resource,  below.   Whenever  any change is made to a
       field value, xfontsel will assert ownership of the PRIMARY_FONT	selec-
       tion.   Other  applications  (see,  e.g.,  xterm) may then retrieve the
       selected	font specification.

       Scalable	fonts come back	from the server	with zero for the pixel	 size,
       point  size,  and  average  width fields.  Selecting a font name	with a
       zero in these positions results in  an  implementation-dependent	 size.
       Any pixel or point size can be selected to scale	the font to a particu-
       lar size.  Any average width can	be selected  to	 anamorphically	 scale
       the  font (although you may find	this challenging given the size	of the
       average width menu).

       Clicking	the left pointer button	in the select widget  will  cause  the
       currently  selected  font  name to become the PRIMARY text selection as
       well as the PRIMARY_FONT	selection.  This then allows you to paste  the
       string  into other applications.	 The select button remains highlighted
       to remind you of	this fact, and de-highlights when some other  applica-
       tion  takes the PRIMARY selection away.	The select widget is a toggle;
       pressing	it when	it is highlighted will cause xfontsel to  release  the
       selection ownership and de-highlight the	widget.	 Activating the	select
       widget twice is the only	way to cause  xfontsel	to  release  the  PRI-
       MARY_FONT selection.

       The  application	class is XFontSel.  Most of the	user-interface is con-
       figured in the app-defaults file; if this file  is  missing  a  warning
       message	will  be  printed  to standard output and the resulting	window
       will be nearly incomprehensible.

       Most of the significant parts of	the widget hierarchy are documented in
       the  app-defaults file (normally	<XRoot>/lib/X11/app-defaults/XFontSel,
       where <XRoot> refers to the root	of the X11 install tree.)

       Application specific resources:

       cursor (class Cursor)
	       Specifies the cursor for	the application	window.

       pattern (class Pattern)
	       Specifies the font name	pattern	 for  selecting	 a  subset  of
	       available fonts.	 Equivalent to the -pattern option.  Most use-
	       ful patterns will contain at least one  field  delimiter;  e.g.
	       ``*-m-*'' for monospaced	fonts.

       pixelSizeList (class PixelSizeList)
	       Specifies  a list of pixel sizes	to add to the pixel size menu,
	       so that scalable	fonts can be selected at  those	 pixel	sizes.
	       The default pixelSizeList contains 7, 30, 40, 50, and 60.

       pointSizeList (class PointSizeList)
	       Specifies  a list of point sizes	(in units of tenths of points)
	       to add to the point size	menu, so that scalable	fonts  can  be
	       selected	 at those point	sizes.	The default pointSizeList con-
	       tains 250, 300, 350, and	400.

       printOnQuit (class PrintOnQuit)
	       If True the currently selected font name	is printed to standard
	       output  when  the  quit button is activated.  Equivalent	to the
	       -print option.

       sampleText (class Text)
	       The sample 1-byte text to use for linearly indexed fonts.  Each
	       glyph index is a	single byte, with newline separating lines.

       sampleText16 (class Text16)
	       The  sample  2-byte text	to use for matrix-encoded fonts.  Each
	       glyph index is two bytes,  with	a  1-byte  newline  separating

       scaledFonts (class ScaledFonts)
	       If  True	 then selection	of arbitrary pixel and point sizes for
	       scalable	fonts is enabled.

       Widget specific resources:

       showUnselectable	(class ShowUnselectable)
	       Specifies, for each field menu, whether or not to  show	values
	       that  are  not  currently selectable, based upon	previous field
	       selections.  If shown,  the  unselectable  values  are  clearly
	       identified  as  such  and  do not highlight when	the pointer is
	       moved down the  menu.   The  full  name	of  this  resource  is,  class MenuButton.Simple-
	       Menu.Options.ShowUnselectable; where N  is  replaced  with  the
	       field  number  (starting	 with the left-most field numbered 0).
	       The default is True for all but	field  11  (average  width  of
	       characters  in font) and	False for field	11.  If	you never want
	       to   see	  unselectable	  entries,    '*menu.options.showUnse-
	       lectable:False'	is a reasonable	thing to specify in a resource


       xrdb(1),	xfd(1)

       Sufficiently ambiguous patterns can be misinterpreted and  lead	to  an
       initial	selection  string  which  may  not correspond to what the user
       intended	and which may cause the	initial	sample text output to fail  to
       match the proffered string.  Selecting any new field value will correct
       the sample output, though possibly resulting in no matching font.

       Should be able to return	a FONT for the PRIMARY selection, not  just  a

       Any  change in a	field value will cause xfontsel	to assert ownership of
       the PRIMARY_FONT	selection.  Perhaps this should	be parameterized.

       When running on a slow machine, it is possible for the user to  request
       a  field	 menu  before  the font	names have been	completely parsed.  An
       error message indicating	a missing menu is printed to stderr but	other-
       wise nothing bad	(or good) happens.

       The average-width menu is too large to be useful.

       Copyright 1989, 1991,  X	Consortium
       See X(7)	for a full statement of	rights and permissions.

       Ralph R.	Swick, Digital Equipment Corporation/MIT Project Athena
       Mark  Leisher  <>  added the support for the UTF-8
       sample text.

X Version 11			  Release 6.6			   XFONTSEL(1)


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