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How to enumerate font sizes for a font

Posted on 2002-07-15
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Hello:

In common dialog controls or microsoft word, when we select a font, it lists only selected font sizes. The list varies on font selection. I have a similar need. I need to enumerate font sizes for a given font. In my application, if user types in a font size which is not valid one, vb rich text box or list view will truncate it to the nearest valid number. When user looks at it, he thinks it does not work. If I could limit the choices to the user, then it will be ok.

Is there a way to enumerate the font sizes ?

thanks

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by:rspahitz
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If you are using true-type fonts, there are not "font sizes" even though Office limits the selection.  True type fonts, by design, are fully-scalable to any font size, including fractional sizes (like 8.5)

When you see a list with a discrete set of font sizes on a true-type font, I think it represents "common, suggested" font sizes.

When you see font sizes on non-scalable fonts (such as .FON extensions), this means that they are bitmap fonts and any font size that is not in the specified list is not support (but will appear using some pixelated version.)  However, I am not familiar with the file-format for these so I'm not sure how to determine the font size selection available.
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by:sgarg
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I use MS Sans Serif and user can type 9 for the font size but rich text box when assigned the size 9, will truncate it down to 8.25.

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Could you use something like this

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim I As Integer
Dim OldFontSize As Integer
Dim result As Boolean

OldFontSize = RichTextBox1.Font.Size
For I = 1 To 50
  result = SetFontSize(RichTextBox1, I)
  If result Then
  List1.AddItem I
  End If
Next
RichTextBox1.Font.Size = OldFontSize
End Sub

Function SetFontSize(obj As Object, FontSize As Integer) As Boolean
    On Error Resume Next
    obj.Font.Size = FontSize
    SetFontSize = (obj.Font.Size = FontSize)
End Function
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by:rspahitz
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Correction, to make this a worthwhile PAQ:

The font sizes in many Windows products seem to increment in 3/4-point sizes, so hes' code should be modified as follows:

...
Dim I As Single' yeah, I know it's strange, but easier than modifying the entire code
...
For I = 1 To 50 step .75
...

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Any font that cannot be displayed exactly will be rounded up or down to the nearest 3/4-point.

I find it odd that 9 rounds down since it's on a 3/4-point interval.

Also note that if you omit the 3/4-point step, 7 will round down to 6.75 and 8 will round up to 8.25, and 7.5 will never be included.

 
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by:rspahitz
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After further review, I see that the routine is seeking integer font sizes, so I guess you should increment by .25 to catch them all:

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For I = 1 To 50 step .25
...

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per recommendation

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Community Support Moderator @Experts Exchange

rspahitz points for you at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_20543670.html
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