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Font Configuration Tool


This feature is to provide a tool for customizing fonts on the the GNOME Desktop. The user requirements of desktop fonts are diverse, no single configuration can satisfy all user requirements.


Current status

  • Targeted release:
  • Last updated: 2011-06-28
  • Percentage of completion: 0%

Detailed Description

User requirements:

  • Preferred Fonts on Desktop.
    • User may specify the preferred fonts list for sans/serif/monospace/fantasy/cursive.
  • Use several languages on Gnome Desktop.
    • Some users prefer to use English locale, but also need to read some documents in other locale, such as Chinese, etc.
    • Gnome applications may fail to render Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese properly in English locale.
  • Tips for CIJK fonts.
    • Provide some informations to users about how to adjust fonts for CIJK.

Benefit to Fedora

This will make the Fedora desktop more convenient to use. Many users want to customize the desktop fonts, but lack the knowledge to do so, they will copy others' ~/.fonts.conf to his own home directory. With this tools, the users can customize more on fonts, without need to learn how to write fontconfig conf files.


  • Customize the sans/serif/monospace/fantasy/cursive fonts.
  • Customize the languages to be used in pango.
  • Tips for fonts usage.

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Comments and Discussion

Can you explain why this need is not sufficiently covered by the font section in gnome-tweak-tool ? Nothing wrong with rolling your own in general, but this seems to be just useless duplication. Unless I am missing some extra twist, in which case I would propose to simply add that extra twist to gnome-tweak-tool instead of starting yet another tweak tool. --mclasen 18:09, 18 October 2011 (UTC)


Actually the sans/serif fonts for desktop/applications are a synthesized font, which consists of many fonts to cover many languages.

In the case of Chinese users, the default system Chinese font is "WenQuanYi Zen Hei"; but some users prefer to use "WenQuanYi Micro Hei".

Here are two ways to customize the font;

1. Change the desktop/application font to "WenQuanYi Micro Hei" in the gnome-tweak-tool;

2. Prepend the "WenQuanYi Micro Hei" to the font list of sans/serif font alias;

The two ways both works, but in the first method, the users may not be able to view Japanese/Korean texts.

For the second method, the user can customize the font lists of sans/serif font alias, to specify the prefered fonts for CJK languages in fonts-tweak-tool. --Peng Wu 06:26, Nov 25 2011 (UTC)