FontShower

FontShower

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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.

Disclaimer

This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project, and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

Here is a simple project for a newbie. I have already implement two versions of this project myself one for AWT and one for Swing.

First you get a dynamically generate a list of all possible java fonts installed on the machine with code similar to this.

This program is very similar to the Conversion Amanuensis. You might start with that and modify it. Just leave out the ConverterGrid class.

Your program is an Applet that lets you choose: then it displays the following test pangrams in the selected font family, style and colour.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs.
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz.
Mr. Jock, TV quiz PhD, bags few lynx.
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
01234567890
€†™´¸¢©¤°÷½¼¾>¡¿«‘’<¯µ ·¬ªº¶±£"»®§­¹²³ß×™¨¥
ÀÁÂÃÄÅÆÇÈÉ ÊËÌÍÎÏÐÑÒÓÔ ÕÖØÙÚÛÜÝÞÿ
àáâãäåæçèé êëìíîïðñòóô õöøùúûüýþÿ
!"#$%&'()*+,-./:;<=>?@[\^_z{|}~
uvw wW gq9 2z 5s il17|!j oO08 `'" ;:,. m nn rn {[()]}u

You can use a JColorChooser to select the foreground and background colour and a JComboBox to select the family, style, and size, and use a JTextArea for the test message, Or do it with AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) using ColorChooser, Choice and TextArea.

It will be a useful tool for all Java programmers.

For hints on why I selected that test message see Proofreader Font project.

You need to set up listeners so that if anything changes, you recompute the display.

If you want to get fancy, display the font family menu using a font sample, but be careful, some fonts don’t work that way, like dingbats.

Here is Fahd Sharrif’s implementation that I polished:

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Java Requirements and Troubleshooting

FontShower is a Java Applet (that can also be run as an application) to Font Shower for Swing. 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 http://mindprod.com 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 1.7 or later. For best results use the latest 1.8.0_20 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 Linux LinuxARM LinuxX86 LinuxX64 Ubuntu Solaris SolarisSPARC SolarisSPARC64 SolarisX86 SolarisX64 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 randelshofer.ch/quaqua. 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. Chrome, Firefox, SeaMonkey, Opera, Safari 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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