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    Windows installs some "standard" fonts on each PC. When you open the fonts dialogue in some other Windows apps (like a wordprocessor or Access) you'll see them flagged with either a TT (TrueType) icon, a printer icon (since they're resident in the printer) or blank. The latter are the ones supplied by MS as the "standard" fonts.

    (Open up WordPerfect, for example, and look at the font list)(interestingly, my copy of Word DOESN'T show these fonts in the font list!)

    They are, on my system (WinNT sp6a):

    MS Sans Serif
    MS Serif
    Courier
    Fixed Sys
    Small Fonts
    System

    NONE of these show up in form design for Alpha, although they do appear in the fonts dialogue box if you want to create default fonts for your forms.

    On the other hand, A5 lists three fonts that are neither TT nor printer fonts--Modern, Roman and Script.

    How do I get A5 to list the fonts like MS Sans Serif? I prefer it to Arial.

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    I'm running XP pro and all my fonts TT and the rest show in the Alpha 5 Form design Object properties Font Tab. If yours do not it may be that NT has located some fonts in seperate locations. In XP all the fonts are in the windows/system/fonts folder. I believe this is the default location that A5 looks for fonts.

    Make sure the fonts you want to use in A5 are in that folder.


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    Default RE: Fonts

    Oops! Make that the Windows/Fonts folder.


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    Marc:

    I'll double-check that tommorrow. I did quickly check my Win98 PC and I've got the same issue...

    Sigh.

    Ain't MS wonderful .

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    Marc:

    Here's the answer so far .

    All of my fonts--those that display and those that don't--are in c:\WinNT\Fonts.

    All of the problematic fonts are "screen fonts", not really TrueType ones with file extensions of .FON (instead of .TTF for TrueType and whatever for Adobe).

    Modern, Roman and Script are "all resolution" versions. The ones that don't show up in the field font list are "screen resolution-dependent" versions, e.g., if you open up the Fonts utility from the Windows control panel and look at the information on the font, you'll see whether it's True Type, Adobe Type 1 or the screen resolution.

    All of the ones that don't appear on the A5 font list are, on my system, flagged as the VGA version.

    Can you check what your MS Sans Serif Screen font's resolution is?

    It seems to be an A5 issue. Is there a place to go to report problems like this other than here in the Forum?

    Anyways, I think it's bedtime now.

    Lawrence Fox
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    Default RE: Fonts

    MS sans serif is TTF

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    Default RE: Fonts

    I sent a Fonts.zip to your email address. It's 9 MB so I'm hoping you have a fast connection.

    Cheers
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    Default RE: Fonts

    Marc:

    Thanks for sending the file--there were a couple of other nice fonts in there that I didn't have .

    The answer, for anyone who needs it next time, is to locate the TrueType file MICROSS.TTF; this is a TrueType version of the screen font "MS Sans Serif". Once you've installed that font, you'll be able to use it as a fully scalable font in all your Windows apps, and the font selection boxes that search for TrueType/Adobe fonts ONLY will show it.

    The font name in the font selection box is "Microsoft Sans Serif", not "MS Sans Serif". The latter is the "screen font" version and it has a limited number of point sizes.

    Thanks again!

    Lawrence Fox
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