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From Marshall Schor <...@schor.com>
Subject Re: Unusable Document Analyzer because of too small font sizes
Date Sat, 24 Mar 2012 21:38:03 GMT

On 3/24/2012 5:08 PM, Marshall Schor wrote:
> Hi, can you say what operating system / version etc. you are using which has 
> this issue?

Reading more carefully :-) - I see you're using OpenJDK on Ubuntu...   I don't 
have that configuration... Are you able to download and use another Java, such 
as one of the Linux Java's from Oracle?  See 

> -Marshall
> On 3/24/2012 4:59 PM, Eric Buist wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 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 settings.
>> 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?

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