Re: How to Get a Monospaced Font

Knute Johnson <>
Sat, 27 Nov 2010 17:06:27 -0800
On 11/26/2010 04:02 PM, KevinSimonson wrote:

I'm trying to draw strings to a<JPanel>, and would like them to be
drawn in a font where each character has the same pixel width. I had
thought that "Courier" was such a font, so I wrote the following
program to verify that its characters do in fact have the same pixel
width, but when I tried running it I saw that they did not. For
example, the small "i" is very much narrower than the capital "W".
Can someone tell me a font I can use that might have a
chance of being monospaced?

I think I asked something similar to this before, and somebody told me
that different machines have different fonts, so I couldn't count on
getting an answer that was generally applicable. If that is true, how
can I find out which fonts my machine has? Any information would be
greatly appreciated.

Kevin S

I have never had a problem with Font.MONOSPACED giving me something
other than an monospaced font but it will be mapped to some
indeterminate physical font. Courier can be tricky because there are
Couriers that aren't monospaced. There are numerous monospaced fonts on
every machine I've ever used however. One thing to keep in mind though,
is that you can package fonts with your application. There are methods
of Font to load a font from a file. TrueType fonts are usable on either
Windows or Linux operating systems.

I had a job a few years back that required some drawing on a JPanel with
a monospaced font that wasn't present in the machines we were using. We
originally started loading all the machines with the font but then
discovered that we could just load the font from a file and in the end
that was much easier.


Knute Johnson

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