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The following string is used in motif for using a font :

ie.
-adobe-helvetica-bold-o-normal--24-240-75-75-p-138-iso8859-1

what is the meaning of each token in the above string.
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Using the font description in your question:

adobe     > foundry - The type foundry that digitized and supplied the font.
helvetica > font family (e.g. Times, Symbol, etc)
bold      > weight (e.g. Medium, bold)
o         > slant (e.g. Roman(r), Italic(i), Oblique(o)
normal    > set width - A value describing a font's proportinate width,
            according to the foundy.
24        > size of the font in pixels
240       > size of the font in tenths of points
75        > horizontal resolution (dpi)
75        > vertical resolution (dpi)
p         > spacing, proportional (p), monospaced (m)
138       > average width in tenths of a pixel
iso8859-1 > character set
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by:yossim111799
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thank you
I didn't understand the following :
normal    > set width - A value describing a font's proportinate width,
            according to the foundy.
Indeed:
I found another field that not clear.
hp-roman8
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"set width" is simply what the type foundry (the font creator) wishes to use to describe the proportinate width of the font. I don't think I've seen anything that says that there is any standard for that field. A quick perusal of some font descriptions turned up "semicondensed" in addition to "normal". Also I've seen font descriptions that leave the "set width" field out completely.
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