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st: What governs font size in dialogs?

From   Roger Newson <>
Subject   st: What governs font size in dialogs?
Date   Thu, 21 Apr 2005 11:50:06 +0100

Fellow Statalisters:

I am trying to find out what governs the font size used in Stata 8 dialogs, especially under Windows 2000 (under which I work). I realise that the choice of a sensible font size depends on the size of the dialog. According to -[P] dialogs-, dimensions in dialogs are measured in pixels, and they do not seem to give a conversion factor between pixels and other measurements (eg cm or inches), suggesting that the conversion factor may not be constant.

The reason for my query is that I plan to give a demo of a Stata dialog at the 11th UK Stata User Meeting in May, and I would like the dialog to be legible to people with poor eyesight at the back of the hall. With the Graph window, the font is set by -graph preferences-, and the font size depends on the window size, which I can set to be large. With the other Stata 8 windows, I can alter the font by right-clicking and selecting "Font". However, right-clicking on dialogs does not seem to work. I am wondering whether Stata dialogs under Windows take orders directly from Windows. Is this the case? And if so, what can we do about it?

Best wishes (and thanks in advance)


Roger Newson
Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology
King's College London

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