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Author:  peter_de123 [ Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:17 am ]
Post subject:  Alternative GUI font

Hello,

I attached two screenshot of the "Zekton" font. I think this font looks much more "Sci-Fi" than the standard DejaVu font. The font is freeware, at least it says so in the readme file. Here is a link to it:

http://www.myfont.de/download.php?font=3436_zekton.zip

I manually edited line 32 of the config.xml to use Zekton bold, it seems this cannot be changed from within the game.

Also, while testing, I found out that some GUI elements don't fit with larger font sizes anymore. For example the resources overview at the top of the main screen, when I choose a bigger font, the bar starts to overlap the SitRep button. Font size is also an issue in the Tech Tree.

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File comment: Screenshot Zekton Font 02
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File comment: Screenshot Zekton Font 01
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Author:  pd [ Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Alternative GUI font

There are more important things to consider than looking cool or sci-fi. First and foremost, what matters is readability and unicode coverage. In both cases DejaVu is the better solution. A stylized font like zekton can be used to accent certain headlines, but shouldn't be used as the main font. In any case, something like this is considered polishing, still far ahead on the roadmap.

Certain parts of the license seem to be incompatible as well.

Author:  charlieg [ Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:32 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Alternative GUI font

Yes, polishing is slated for later on the roadmap, but this is low hanging fruit. It does look better to the casual eye with a more sci fi font although there are better ones out there in terms of readability and licensing.

I suggest Orbitron:
http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/ ... 2-orbitron

Perhaps you [peter] can try that and post some screenshots with it for comparison?

Author:  eleazar [ Sun Nov 21, 2010 5:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Alternative GUI font

pd wrote:
There are more important things to consider than looking cool or sci-fi. First and foremost, what matters is readability and unicode coverage. In both cases DejaVu is the better solution. A stylized font like zekton can be used to accent certain headlines, but shouldn't be used as the main font.

I agree. I wouldn't want to read more than a headline in that.

A game like this generally has a ton of text to read-- maximizing readability is very important for keeping the text from being a drag.

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