Java fonts are blurred

Discussion in 'Java' started by negopus, May 19, 2004.

  1. negopus

    negopus Guest

    I am rather new to using Java in real-life projects. Currently, I am
    maintaining a Java project at work. I have installed Jdeveloper 9.0.
    Fonts look really ugly and blurred, both in the development
    environment and in the running applets. In JDEV I cannot change fonts,
    at least I cannot choose the highly readable fonts I use in other

    I think that this general graphic roughness (fonts and everything
    else) is one of the reason of the limited success of Java.

    negopus, May 19, 2004
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  2. negopus

    shay Guest

    Are you talking about the fonts of JDeveloper itself or of the end
    In JDeveloper you can change the fonts in the editor through the
    tools->preferences->code editor menu option.

    Oh, and you might want to try out the newer JDeveloper 10g - get it at
    shay, May 20, 2004
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  3. negopus

    negopus Guest

    I am talking about both of them. I either case, the "distinctive"
    appearence of Java is rather ugly. Demotivating, if you are not forced
    to use it for any reason.
    I already did so, but I cannot choose the higly-readable fonts one can
    download from
    Of course I would. But for the current project I have to stick to

    negopus, May 20, 2004
  4. negopus

    Roedy Green Guest

    Those are raster fonts that come in only a few sizes. What would Java
    do if you tried to use them like scaleable fonts?

    Ideally these should be a way of packaging such fonts as scaleable
    fonts for large sizes that revert to raster for a few magic sizes.
    And not telling Java about it.
    Roedy Green, May 20, 2004
  5. negopus

    negopus Guest

    What would Java do? I don't know.
    Do you know a way to achieve this? Do I need a font editor?

    negopus, May 21, 2004
  6. negopus

    Roedy Green Guest

    I know that PostScript, TTF and OpenFont have "hints" to help render
    small font sizes. I don't think this goes quite as far as providing
    direct raster fonts for some magic sizes.

    Creating fonts is much more difficult than it looks.

    I think your best bet is to just find a font that looks good in small
    point sizes that is scaleable.

    If you had the bucks, you could even get one custom made by a font

    On font you might find interesting is Tiresias. See which is designed for the
    visually impaired. The PCFont version, which I don't have, might work
    at small point sizes for legibility.

    However, you want a fixed pitch font.
    Roedy Green, May 21, 2004
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