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From Eric Buist <buiste...@gmail.com>
Subject Unusable Document Analyzer because of too small font sizes
Date Sat, 24 Mar 2012 20:59:13 GMT

I am facing this problem more and more often and now it is too much. 
Each time I install a new software tool with a GUI, I am stuck with tiny 
font sizes and no workaround. This is now happening to me with the 
Document Analysis tool of UIMA. I searched a long long time about the 
topic of increasing font size of Swing applications, and the requirement 
is to pull the app apart and change the source code at many places, 
customizing how each and every control is instantiated! This is just 
total madness.

The problem is that the UIMA tutorial relies on this GUI tool, not 
proposing any fallback such as a text-mode alternative or API calls that 
would allow to process documents and format the annotated JCASes. I am 
thus blocked until I google around and copy/paste hundreds of lines of 
codes to get a working basic text-mode document analysis tool.

My system font is correct and a bunch of applications such as the 
terminal emulator, Eclipse, Emacs, Google Chrome, Thunderbird, etc., 
have correct font sizes. But Java Swing applications just ignore system 

I tried simple solutions such as switching the default Swing look and 
feel from the cross-platform to GTK: no result. It seems the GTK LAF is 
non-working in OpenJDK, the only JVM available in Ubuntu repositories 
since Oracle bought Sun. I tried to find a way to tune the look and 
feel: no solution, except AGAIN changing the source code of the application.

Is there any way around this? Any plan for a text-based document 
analysis tool or something using an Eclipse plug-in?

/ Eric Buist<me@ericbuist.com>
/ Ph.D en informatique
/ Chercheur en génie logiciel
/ Nuance communications
/ http://www.ericbuist.com

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