NetBeans uses 'monospaced/12' in the output windows and the editors, which is good for English version, but bad for
Chinese version. In Chinese locale, this font is very small and ugly. 'DialogInput/12' is better choice. Please change
it to use 'DialogInput/12' as the default font in the output windows and the editors. For detailed description and
reasoning, please see the attachements.
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descriptions and reasoning
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netbeans 5.5.1 using monospaced/12 font in Chinese
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netbeans 5.5.1 using monospaced 13 in Chinese
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netbeans 5.5.1 using DialogInput 13 in Chinese
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netbeans 5.5.1 using DialogInput 12 in Chinese
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NetBeans 6.0 using DialogInput 12 in Chinese(Currently using english in Chinese locale)
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descriptions about them.
Any comments from the UI gurus? Is DialogInput always available on all platforms, OSes, etc? Thanks.
we would also need to make sure solution looked ok for Chinese on solaris, linux and mac.
as to dialoginput itself being defined for other os, I see it defined for solaris sparc jdk
although not a specific definition for it for Chinese; thus I think it might use the fallback
Rehte, can you comment about that ?
Also, a general comment about editor font properties,
I think making it easier to set the default editor font for all editor languages would be helpful
since now they need to know they need to choose All Languages from the dropdown and then Default,
and its not so clear visually that its needed; perhaps some separate choice box ?
in the case of this issue, if someone did not want that font any editors, it would be easier for them
to change it.
Finally, I don't think there is a prop to allow user to change fonts for all of ide, or even some
major kind of windows; and one of the requests in this issue is related to output windows.
Should there be considerations for having font props for certain other windows ?
I've been doing experiments on solaris and linux. It was aweful on them. I don't know exactly how java font works. But
generally they cannot even display Chinese using monospaced and dialoginput. I had to specifically choose SimSun/NSimSun
to display Chinese. On the other hand, maybe it was caused by my OS installation. Because, my solrais and linux are not
installed with some Chinese font bundles.
BTW, I think netbeans ui team should work with java2d/awt team to figure out how fonts are choosen on a specific
platform. Only you know exactly how the font system work can you find out the ultimate solution. I also believe this is
only an issue on Chinese platform. There must be the similar font issues with asian locale such Korean and Japanese.
Sorry, a typo in the above comment. It should be "I also believe this is NOT ONLY an issue on Chinese platform. There
must be the similar font issues with asian locale such Korean and Japanese."
I re-configured my solaris with Chinese locale enabled. After some fonts are set up, I opened netbeans 5.5.1 and found
the Chinese display pretty good, both on monospaced and dialoginput. It seems that solaris java mapped both monospaced
and dialoginput Chinese into "Courier New" first then SimSun/NSimSun.
I don't have a properly configurated Linux yet. So on linux, still aweful.
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netbeans 5.5.1 with monospaced 12 in Chinese
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netbeans 5.5.1 using monospaced 13 on Chinese Solaris
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netbeans 5.5.1 using dialoginput 12 on Chinese Solaris
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netbeans 5.5.1 using dialoginput 13 on Chinese Solaris
There have been other requests for a property in options to be able to set the ide global font,
which is separate from the editor font. There is not such a property.
This related also to that the DialogInput font could be helpful for seeing Chinese characters
better in those parts of the ide - which is where translated messages/labels are shown.
(there might be other windows that don't use the global ide font; a prop should probably
be for them also)
To developers - what would be the category/subcat to use ? I can also ask xdesign and others
If it's ide wide than try ide/ui.
I filed rfe 114017 on having an option to change
global font name.
could this one be done for 6.1 since see user input about it in other places.
We will see...
moving opened issues from TM <= 6.1 to TM=Dev