FontShower For AWT : Java Glossary

To view this page, you should have the most recent Java installed 32-bit JRE (Java Runtime Environment) 1.8.0_102. Use the Firefox browser for best results.
This Applet will run online in your browser, but it is a hybrid you can also download, install and run it on your own machine as standalone application. It will start and run faster if you do that. It will also work safely even if you have disabled Java in your browser.

FontShower for AWT
This Applet will help you write Java code. It will show you what AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) fonts are available via Java on your machine and what they look like in a variety of styles, sizes and colours.

Click any ball to view the corresponding colour palette.

Named Colours select palette Alphabetically (140) select palette BHS: by Brightness, Hue, Saturation select palette HBS: by Hue, Brightness, Saturation select palette SBH: by Saturation, Brightness, Hue selected palette Java AWT Colours (16,777,216)
select palette RGB: Numerically (140) select palette BSH: by Brightness, Saturation, Hue select palette HSB: by Hue, Saturation, Brightness select palette SHB: by Saturation, Hue, Brightness select palette Java Swing Colours (16,777,216)
Numbered Colours select palette HTML 3.2 (16) select palette Websafe (216) select palette Rainbow (4096) select palette Spectrum (401) select palette X11 (657)
Selected Colours select palette Pale (256) select palette Dark (2022) select palette Simple (105) select palette Greys (256) select palette Colour Schemes
This Applet will let you generate foreground and background colours from a palette of any of 16,777,216 numbered colours. This range of colour/color possibilities is known as the gamut. Use the FontShower for Swing Applet to see what you can do in Swing. Use the Unicode Applet if you want to view the entire Unicode character set. Applet failed to run. No Java 1.8 or later plug-in found.

Java Requirements and Troubleshooting

FontShowerAwt is a Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) to Font Shower for AWT. You are welcome to install it on your own website. If it does not work…
  1. If Copy/Paste (Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V) do not work, you can turn them back on by modifying your java.policy file. This is not for the novice or faint of heart. instructions Your alternative is to download this program and run it without a browser.
  2. In the Java Control Panel security tab, click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security, configure medium security to allow self-signed and vanilla unsigned applets to run. If medium is not available, or if Java security is blocking you from running the program, configure high security and add to the Exception Site List at the bottom of the security tab.
  3. Often problems can be fixed simply by clicking the reload button on your browser.
  4. Make sure you have both JavaScript and Java enabled in your browser.
  5. Make sure the Java in your browser is enabled in the security tab of the Java Control panel. Click Start ⇒ Control Panel ⇒ Programs ⇒ Java ⇒ Security ⇒ Enable Java Content in the browser.
  6. This Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) needs 32-bit or 64-bit Java 1.8 or later. For best results use the latest 1.8.0_102 Java.
  7. You also need a recent browser.
  8. It works under any operating system that supports Java e.g. W2K, XP, W2003, Vista, W2008, W7-32, W7-64, W8-32, W8-64, W2012, W10-32, W10-64, Linux, LinuxARM, LinuxX86, LinuxX64, Ubuntu, Solaris, SolarisSPARC, SolarisSPARC64, SolarisX86, SolarisX64 and OSX
  9. You should see the Applet hybrid above looking much like this screenshot. If you don’t, the following hints should help you get it working:
  10. Especially if this Applet hybrid has worked before, try clearing the browser cache and rebooting.
  11. To ensure your Java is up to date, check with Wassup. First, download it and run it as an application independent of your browser, then run it online as an Applet to add the complication of your browser.
  12. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, check the Java console for error messages.
  13. If the above Applet hybrid does not work, you might have better luck with the downloadable version available below.
  14. If you are using Mac OS X and would like an improved Look and Feel, download the QuaQua look & feel from UnZip the contained quaqua.jar and install it in ~/Library/Java/Extensions or one of the other ext dirs.
  15. Upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer or another browser.
  16. Click the Information bar, and then click Allow blocked content. Unfortunately, this also allows dangerous ActiveX code to run. However, you must do this in order to get access to perfectly-safe Java Applets running in a sandbox. This is part of Microsoft’s war on Java.
  17. Try upgrading to a more recent version of your browser, or try a different browser e.g. Firefox, SeaMonkey, IE or Avant.
  18. If you still can’t get the program working click the red HELP button below for more detail.
  19. If you can’t get the above Applet hybrid working after trying the advice above and from the red HELP button below, have bugs to report or ideas to improve the program or its documentation, please send me an email atemail Roedy Green.
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FontShowerAwt is displaying the AWT fonts available on your machine via Java. Other people will have different fonts installed and will see different selections available via Java on their machines. Your browser will see a slightly different set of fonts than this Java Applet does. Java has a few extra private fonts and some browser fonts don’t work with Java.

Unfortunately, in AWT, only the basic logical fonts: Dialog, DialogInput, Monospaced, SansSerif and Serif are available for use in Labels, TextFields and TextAreas. To get other fonts shown here, you must write a custom component based on Canvas and drawString.

The Canvas displays were done with a custom AWT Canvas-based component. This lets you use all the fonts and all the characters in the fonts. The source code is available.

The alternate vanilla AWT TextArea display is based on a native OS (Operating System) peer (as are as Label and TextField). It can only display the 5 basic logical fonts and then only some of the characters in those fonts. You have no control in Java over whether TextAreas are anti-aliased. They are rendered by the OS, not Java and hence are controlled by whether font smoothing is turned on in the Control Panel.

You may not notice any difference with font-smoothing anti-aliasing. Look for the anti-alias smoothing especially in very large font sizes in capital W in the fonts with thin spidery diagonals, e.g. Bodoni, Book Antiqua, Garamond, Serif and Zapf Calligraphic.

Some of the fonts may just show empty squares. These are older 8-bit fonts that don’t support 16-bit Unicode used by Java. Don’t necessarily delete them ( by clicking Control Panel ⇒ fonts ⇒ delete) since word processing documents, or the DOS (Disk Operating System) box, may still be using them. on the other hand, pruning out ugly fonts you never use will speed up your machine.

details about the current version. download source and executable to run this Applet on your own machine as a stand-alone application.

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