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Dear Jalviewers
I would like to know if it is possible to add a user-designed font to Jalview.

Kind regards

James RF Sutton
BSc, PhD.


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If the font is installed on your system, then Jalview should show it in the ‘Fonts’ menu. You can also set a default font in the ‘Visual’ tab in the user preferences.

There are a couple of caveats with user defined fonts:

  1. Jalview won’t save the font with the jalview project - so if you share a project file that specifies your custom font then any one who imports the project needs to have the font installed on their system. I have a suspicion Jalview will not gracefully degrade should the font not be available. NB - if you export alignments as EPS lineart from Jalview then you’ll have no problems with the custom font.

  2. If the font has complex layout metrics then it almost certainly won’t work with Jalview’s rendering/layout engine. See http://issues.jalview.org/browse/JAL-1279 for the situation I’m thinking about.

I hope that helps ! I’m also curious as to what you’re thinking about doing with a user-defined font :slight_smile:


On 30/10/2014 14:51, James Sutton wrote: