Fonts on Android

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Wed Aug 28 12:50:20 EDT 2019


Droid Sans is available on all Android phones and was the system font for 
years. Newer versions of Android use Roboto. Both are available for 
download so you can install them on desktop to see how they'll look. They 
both support all styles and weights and also unicode.

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Jacqueline Landman Gay | jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software | http://www.hyperactivesw.com
On August 28, 2019 9:42:06 AM Dan Friedman via use-livecode 
<use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> Ralph,
>
> The font came from Google Fonts (https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Barlow). 
>  I would think its ok.
>
> FWIW... I am just looking for a Helvetica-like font.  I have my project set 
> to the default fonts "(system)".  But it looks like crap on Android!  So, 
> I'm just looking for something that will look good and render correctly.  I 
> will need a regular, bold and italic.
>
> -Dan
>
>
> On 8/28/19, 5:34 AM, "Ralph DiMola" <rdimola at evergreeninfo.net> wrote:
>
>    >After running FontInfo(), I see this:
>    >
>    >*Barlow Bold
>    >bold
>    >*Barlow Regular
>    >Plain
>
>    What I would have expected is:
>    *Barlow
>    bold
>    plain
>
>    Then it would work as expected.
>
>    >When I set the font of my stack to "Barlow", everything (bold or not) 
>    comes up as Barlow Bold.
>    >When I set the font of my stack to "Barlow Regular", everything (bold or 
>    not) comes up as Barlow Regular.
>
>    This is because the OS is seeing these as 2 different fonts.
>    Are the results of FontInfo() on the IDE or the Android device?
>
>    I have seen oddities like this when the internal font name is 
>    wrong/inconsistent or (for example)the regular version was created at a 
>    later date and the original name was "Barlow bold" and there was no other 
>    option than to name the new plain font to "Barlow regular". This would not 
>    allow them to operate as a family.
>
>    Ralph DiMola
>    IT Director
>    Evergreen Information Services
>    rdimola at evergreeninfo.net
>
>    -----Original Message-----
>    From: Dan Friedman [mailto:dan at clearvisiontech.com]
>    Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 6:54 PM
>    To: rdimola at evergreeninfo.net; 'How to use LiveCode'
>    Subject: Re: Fonts on Android
>
>    Ralph,
>
>    Thank you for the reply.  But, I don’t see how this helps.  I have two fonts:
>
>    Barlow-Bold.ttf
>    Barlow-Regular.ttf
>
>    After running FontInfo(), I see this:
>
>    *Barlow Bold
>    bold
>    *Barlow Regular
>    plain
>
>    When I set the font of my stack to "Barlow", everything (bold or not) comes 
>    up as Barlow Bold.
>    When I set the font of my stack to "Barlow Regular", everything (bold or 
>    not) comes up as Barlow Regular.
>
>    Only thing I can think to do is to run thought EVERY object in my project 
>    and set the textFont of that control to "Barlow Bold" or "Barlow Regular".  
>    Then there's text fields with mixed text...  Do I run through every text 
>    field and change the font of all bold text?   There has to be a way to map 
>    "Barlow Regular" to plain text, and "Barlow Bold" to bold text.  I must be 
>    missing something.
>
>    -Dan
>
>
>
>    On 8/27/19, 3:07 PM, "Ralph DiMola" <rdimola at evergreeninfo.net> wrote:
>
>        When I run into this problem I use the routine below to enumerate all the
>        fonts and their styles.
>        If you have both a "Plain" and "Bold" style for a font then you use the font
>        name and set its style to "Bold"
>        If you use a "bold" base font then its "plain" style IS the bold font and
>        setting its style to "Bold" will do nothing.
>
>        function FontInfo
>           local fnames,fstyles,tlist
>
>           put the fontnames into fnames
>           sort fnames
>           repeat for each line tfnt in fnames
>              put "*"&tfnt&cr after tlist
>              put the fontstyles(tfnt,0) into  fstyles
>              repeat for each line tsty in fstyles
>                 put space & tsty & cr after tlist
>              end repeat
>           end repeat
>           delete char -1 in tlist
>           return tlist
>        end FontInfo
>
>        Ralph DiMola
>        IT Director
>        Evergreen Information Services
>        rdimola at evergreeninfo.net
>
>
>        -----Original Message-----
>        From: use-livecode [mailto:use-livecode-bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf
>        Of Dan Friedman via use-livecode
>        Sent: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 5:11 PM
>        To: How to use LiveCode
>        Cc: Dan Friedman
>        Subject: Fonts on Android
>
>        Greetings!
>
>        I am able to get a custom font installed and running on a Android device.
>        But, how do you handle the font family?   Included in my app is
>        "myfont-Regular.ttf" and "myfont-bold.ttf".   When the app launches, I call:
>
>        set the textFont of stack "main" to "myfont"
>
>        It's only using the bold version (probably because it's first
>        alphabetically).  Is there a way to map a font to a style so that text is "
>        myfont-Regular" and bold text is "myfont-bold"?
>
>        Thanks in advance,
>        -Dan
>
>
>
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