including fonts in Java : Java Glossary


including fonts in Java

Java AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) apps can access five basic logical fonts. Java Swing apps can access any fonts already installed. You can use web fonts in your web apps but how do you include special fonts with your desktop apps or Applets?

  1. Check your font licence to make sure you are allowed to bundle them into your app. Usually free fonts permit you to and pay fonts do not without paying an extra fee.
  2. Bundle the font, usually OpenType format, into the distributable jar as a resource.
  3. Load the resource with getResourceAsStream.
  4. Use Font.createFont to convert the resource to a 1-point Font.
  5. Use Font.deriveFont to convert that tiny Font to the pointsize you need.
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