Standardize Font Appearance

Bob Sneidar bobsneidar at
Fri Sep 2 10:59:25 EDT 2022

I read a blog some years back why it is so difficult to get nything on Windows to look like it does on the Mac. It is true that Windows renders fonts differently that Mac, so "exactly the same" remains the realm of the imagined. But you can get close. My big issue was that using Arial, labels that were right aligned and auto fitted on the Mac would overflow the left f the label on Windows.

Now I am using Aclonica for form headers, Acme for labels and Actor for fields, buttons and grids. (Didn't have to look far did I?) I'm pretty happy now with the rendering of each on both platforms.

Bob S

On Sep 1, 2022, at 23:18 , Neville Smythe via use-livecode <use-livecode at<mailto:use-livecode at>> wrote:

Standardising fonts, so that one would no longer have to check that every label and field carefully crafted on the Mac to fit text precisely would not have missing pixels or whole words wrapped out of sight on Windows because of different font metrics, sounds like a great idea. But the reality of the way systems render fonts seems to complicate things:

I set up a test standalone with the Google fonts NotoSans-regular.ttf and NotoSerif-regular.ttf installed. A label and and single line text field were set up to be exactly the right size to fit some text using Arial font on a Mac (Monterey). Then the labels and field were set to use NotoSans or NotoSerif fonts.

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