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139595Re: Control of font via syntax highlighting

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  • Tony Mechelynck
    Oct 21, 2013
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      On 21/10/13 12:18, Christian Brabandt wrote:
      > On Mon, October 21, 2013 04:22, Suresh Govindachar wrote:
      >> Hello,
      >> Syntax highlighting allows controlling not only the color of the font
      >> but also whether it is bold, italicized, or underlined (to see this, set
      >> file type to html and write lines bracketed by no tag, <b>tag</b>,
      >> <i>tag</i>, and <u>tag</u>).
      >> Based on the last para of ":help highlight-font", I think it is not
      >> possible to use different font sizes in different parts of the document,
      >> but I thought I would ask anyway:
      >> Question: is it possible to use different sized fonts in different
      >> parts of the document?
      > It is possible, but it looks awkward and Vim might behave confusing.
      > regards,
      > Christian

      No, it is not possible, or at least, it is strongly discouraged. This is
      the last paragraph under ":help highligh-font":

      > All fonts used, except for Menu and Tooltip, should be of the same
      > character size as the default font! Otherwise redrawing problems will
      > occur.

      The "Menu" and "Tooltip" highlight groups are only supported by the
      Motif and Athena GUIs.

      In GTK2, what I see is the following:
      - Setting the font= attribute for the Normal group sets 'guifont' and
      vice-versa, this setting the font for _all_ edit text;
      - Setting a font= attribute in any other group has no effect.

      I'm less sure of how other GUI flavours react to it, but anyway (with
      the exception of Menu and Tooltip in Motif and Athena) I think the
      conclusion is that you shouldn't do it.

      Best regards,
      Experience is what you get when you were expecting something else.

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