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Old 09-06-2008, 08:57 PM   #1
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How do I limit the smallest font size to make characters at least recognizable

I am using Debian Lenny with Tradition Chinese. The hardware is an ASUS M2A-VM motherboard with built-in ATI Radeon X1250 graphic display. The device is using radeon.

I found that sometimes in some applications, very small characters are displayed. These characters are so small that their strokes are broken and hardly recognizable. I wonder if this behavior can be controlled in general. They should not be designed this way, but maybe there is some setting missing in my system.

One particular example is an application called gmorgan. Its menu is displayed in extremely small characters and impossible to read. Half of characters displayed in its panel are this small, but some are normal, and some bigger.

This application is written in FLTK, so I have wondered whether there is anything controllable related to this tool.

But there are some other application showing small characters in less important places. For example, when I click on the "Click Here to Find Similiar Thread" button on this panel, the window displayed is showing with very small characters, but they are still recognizable. I am using Iceweasel browser. I don't know if this is the same problem or not.

I am not familiar with general font settings. Can anyone help?
Old 09-07-2008, 09:36 AM   #2
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You write good English so forgive me for answering

1) If you use KDE, you can set font sizes for non-KDE applications in the KDE control center.

2) If it is specific to a web browser, altho I do not use ice but its cousin can select font sizes and uncheck the option to allow sites to control your font sizes.

Be aware that this can still cause problems...if you are short sighted going very large can make a mess of certain frames that the original designer had not envisioned your larger than normal fonts.

So set fonts to just readable?

3) if its a web browser issue, you can also try holding down control and press + sign twice
Old 09-08-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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I do not know exactly what you are using, so this will be generic.

Your desktop probably has easy access to font settings. Some programs will respond to desktop font settings.
Your browser probably has easy access to font settings. When Firefox does not draw page properly due to way web is written and due to my font size selection, Opera, Konqueror or other browser may do better.
Set your browser to limit minimum font. Set your browser to black text on white background. Pastel font on blue screen is very hard to read! When page is difficult to read in Firefox, I some times get help by changing font size smaller then larger. Switching browser to get best view may help. Another trick is save page in bookmarks, close browser, restart browser & load page again. No idea why these tricks work but some do work.
Bibletime is one example of program that has font settings in program, settable by drop down menu.
Have you searched for a program to control display of Chinese characters?
Your video driver may not be correct for your hardware. Your monitor may not be driven at correct resolution. Check video driver, generic driver may work but not present best font detail. Check resolution, if monitor is rated 1410 X 1050 and getting 1280 X 800, fonts will suffer. A poor video cable to monitor may also degrade what you see.
Upgrade to current version of Linux may help. Debian Lenny is now Debian 4.0.


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