Abiliy to configure task Bar Font

Bug #690662 reported by Pierre on 2010-12-15
This bug affects 3 people
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lxpanel (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

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Text on task bar is barely visible. This is one place where visibility matters: if you have several windows open, you can click on the one you want to bring it up... if you can see the text.

Panel height is 18 px and uses button option (in task bar options), not flat buttons.

Bolding the text would help and changing the font or font size might help also, but these options are not available for the task bar.

Because people use different setting, the only solution is to offer all of bold, font face, and font size options.

It has been discussed before, but task bar readability is more important than you think. Hope you solved this.

Good work!

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Jonathan Marsden (jmarsden) wrote :

Unable to reproduce in Lubuntu Natty Alpha 3.

Please provide more detailed steps to reproduce this issue. A screenshot of the "barely visible" text would be helpful.

Attempted steps to reproduce:

(1) Boot Lubuntu
(2) Log in
(3) Right click on panel
(4) Select "Panel Settings" from popup menu
(5) In "Panel Preferences" window, set Height to 18 (per bug description) and Icon to 16 pixels
(6) Click "Close" button in "Panel Preferences" window.
(7) Open several application windows.
(8) Text on panel buttons seems readable to me, black text on very light grey is high contrast and font seems suitable.

Unless someone can reproduce this and provide the steps for doing so, I think it can be considered to have been fixed.

Julien Lavergne (gilir) wrote :

I'll turn this bug to a wishlist item, to add the ability to change the font settings of the task bar.
There is already a patch in upstream bug tracker that need testing : http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=3040600&group_id=180858&atid=894871

summary: - Task Bar Font needs fixing
+ Abiliy to configure task Bar Font
Changed in lxpanel (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package lxpanel - 0.5.8+git20120212-0ubuntu1

lxpanel (0.5.8+git20120212-0ubuntu1) precise; urgency=low

  * New upstream snapshot
   - Run dialog opens up in the background (LP: #889414)
   - Abiliy to configure task Bar Font (LP: #690662)
   - Volume applet uses wrong icon (LP: #878117)
   - Add ability for lxpanel sound applet to launch a GUI for sound management
     (LP: #692276)
   - lxpanel indicator support can't be configured (LP: #692260)
   - Task Bar (Window List) - Options on 64bit version are different than 32bit
     version (LP: #909127)
  * debian/patches
   - indicator-support.patch: Remove, merged upstream.
   - fix_indicator_dir.patch: Remove, merged upstream.
   - fix_position.patch: Remove, merged upstream.
   - missing_glades.patch: Remove, fixed upstream.
   - default-config.patch: Refresh.
   - configure_desktop_number.patch: Refresh.
   - 99_refresh_autotools.patch: Refresh.
  * debian/control:
   - Build-depends on libwnck-dev.
  * debian/lxpanel.install:
   - Add new plugins.
 -- Julien Lavergne <email address hidden> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:40:40 +0100

Changed in lxpanel (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
hackel (hackel) wrote :

I cannot see any ability to modify the taskbar font in lxpanel 0.5.8+git20120212-0ubuntu3. Am I missing something, or is this setting not exposed in the UI? The only option is for the font size and colour in the general lxpanel preferences, nothing specific to the taskbar/window list.

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