A font is an object which determines the appearance of text, primarily when drawing text to a window or device context.
A font is determined by the following parameters (not all of them have to be specified, of course):
|Point size||This is the standard way of referring to text size.|
|Family||Supported families are: wxDEFAULT, wxDECORATIVE, wxROMAN, wxSCRIPT, wxSWISS, wxMODERN. wxMODERN is a fixed pitch font; the others are either fixed or variable pitch.|
|Style||The value can be wxNORMAL, wxSLANT or wxITALIC.|
|Weight||The value can be wxNORMAL, wxLIGHT or wxBOLD.|
|Underlining||The value can be true or false.|
|Face name||An optional string specifying the actual typeface to be used. If NULL, a default typeface will chosen based on the family.|
|Encoding||The font encoding (see wxFONTENCODING_XXX constants and the Font Encodings for more details)|
Specifying a family, rather than a specific typeface name, ensures a degree of portability across platforms because a suitable font will be chosen for the given font family, however it doesn't allow to choose a font precisely as the parameters above don't suffice, in general, to identify all the available fonts and this is where using the native font descriptions may be helpful - see below.
Under Windows, the face name can be one of the installed fonts on the user's system. Since the choice of fonts differs from system to system, either choose standard Windows fonts, or if allowing the user to specify a face name, store the family name with any file that might be transported to a different Windows machine or other platform.
An alternative way of choosing fonts is to use the native font description. This is the only acceptable solution if the user is allowed to choose the font using the wxFontDialog because the selected font cannot be described using only the family name and so, if only family name is stored permanently, the user would almost surely see a different font in the program later.
Note that the contents of this string depends on the platform and shouldn't be used for any other purpose (in particular, it is not meant to be shown to the user). Also please note that although the native font information is currently implemented for Windows and Unix (GTK+ and Motif) ports only, all the methods are available for all the ports and should be used to make your program work correctly when they are implemented later.