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From: Russ Allbery <>
Subject: Re: OT Read font notations like: -bitstream-terminal-bold-[...]-100-c-110-iso8859-1
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 09:59:30 -0800	[thread overview]
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In-Reply-To: <87zgnmgx18.fsf@local.lan> (hput's message of "Sun, 23 Jan 2022 12:52:03 -0500")

hput <> writes:

> Sorry for leaving the newsgroup topic in the dust but I know there are
> very likely people here who can help.

> I once new a little about what the font notations like below meant:

>  -bitstream-terminal-bold-r-normal--18-140-100-100-c-110-iso8859-1

> But have lost some of it out of my pea brain.  I know the `-c-'
> bit means its good for my use .. and that `iso8859-1' puts it in
> my neck of the woods but more of the exact meaning has left town.

> I hoped someone here can steer me to URL or such that explains it in
> detail.

This is an X Logical Font Description, which is the old-style font
specification mechanism for X Windows.  (It's slowly being supplanted by
newer font mechanisms such as fontconfig, but still shows up in a lot of

There's a fairly good breakdown of the elements here:

Russ Allbery (             <>

  reply	other threads:[~2022-01-23 17:59 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 3+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2022-01-23 17:52 hput
2022-01-23 17:59 ` Russ Allbery [this message]
2022-01-23 18:23   ` hput

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