Unity dash search unable to change font/icon size

Bug #756845 reported by James Clemence on 2011-04-10
This bug affects 22 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

When you have the unity dash open (by clicking the ubuntu icon in the top left) it opens the black-background menu. The font in this window is massive compared to my appearance settings, and is rather incongruous, looking out of place when the rest of my screen is using the standard settings.

My appearance settings have all the font sizes set to 10 or 11pt, as in my terminal, and yet the unity dash goes for jumbo-font nastiness, looking really terrible against the rest of my desktop - please can this be made consistent throughout the UI, or at least allow me to set it somewhere. Please see screenshot for description.


James Clemence (jvc26) wrote :
Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-04-21
description: updated
summary: - Unity panel unable to change font/icon size
+ Unity dash search unable to change font/icon size
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
tags: added: needs-design
Andrea Azzarone (azzar1) on 2011-12-04
tags: added: font-helper

I guess this is the right bug topic...

I have a visual impairment, and cannot read the Application text below the app icons in Dash, which makes the Dash and Application lists (and consequently the entire UI) unusable. There is no way I know of to change the Dash font. Now, while there are Accessibility option like Universal Access, since they have nothing to do with Dash, it makes for a totally incongruent experience, and I'm astounded that Ubuntu's new interface was not designed to accommodate the visually impaired. This should not be an Unassigned bug of Low importance. It's a major usability regression when compared to pre-Unity Ubuntu.

mikhail (pr-mmm) wrote :

FYI I'm considering a move to Gnome3 because of this bug.

hackel (hackel) wrote :

The importance of this bug really needs to be elevated. Unity font sizes should be based off of the default GTK font size, like most other parts of the UI. Check out the attached screenshot--it's useless. So much white space yet much of the text can't even be read. Notice how "0 reviews" gets cut off vertically. It just looks sloppy and amateurish. I'm using a 147 DPI display, which requires a text scaling factor of 1.54 to achieve accurate font sizing. My default font is 7.5 pt, and the rest of the desktop looks great, however Unity completely ignores this. This is a huge usability issue!

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