Qt font size difference across Mac OS and Windows



  • Hello,

    I'm developing a Qt (PyQt) app that runs on both Mac OS and Windows. I am puzzled by some of the dramatic apparent font size differences of specific Qt widgets, while other widgets display consistently (assuming no changes to code). Specifically, Qt widgets like; QDateTimeEdit, cells of QTableWidget ... seem to render extremely large under Windows and extremely small under Mac OS, while both being set to the same 8 point font-size in the Qt code. ?

    And, conversely, widgets like QLabel, and item rows of QListWidget, have font-sizes that seem to render consistently in size across both OS platforms.

    Any advice for my novice dev experience in Qt would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    David J.



  • Hi,

    A font size of 8 points is very small on Mac

    QFontDatabase::systemFont(QFontDatabase::SmallestReadableFont);
    return a 9 point as minimum size on Mac:
    QFont( ".Lucida Grande UI,9,-1,5,50,0,0,0,0,0" )

    Maybe you can use this fonction to get a more compatible small size font across platforms.

    Another possibility is to use the general font :
    QFontDatabase::systemFont(QFontDatabase::GeneralFont)
    or simply QFont();

    and apply a small factor to its size.
    That's what i'm using in my apps.



  • Thanks for the suggestion. I will try out yours and more fonts. A little more detail; my confusion is where there are dramatic differences in the widget font sizes even on the same dialog + same font, only the OS changed.

    For example, why would font "MS Shell Dlg 2, Point Size 8" (the Qt Creator default under Windows) set on a QDateTimeEdit widget look huge under Windows, and tiny under Mac... yet, the same font "MS Shell Dlg 2, Point Size 8" set on a QLabel, look fine on both OSs? (not tiny under Mac OS)

    Another example; why would font "Segoe UI, Point Size 9" set on a QListWidget look fine on both Windows and Mac OS, yet the same "Segoe UI, Point Size 9" set on a QTableWidget look huge on Windows, and tiny on Mac OS?

    Scratching my head on the rendering diffs between widget types...

    Thanks for any insight!



  • Ok, I had some font inheritance discrepancies across my app for the main window + dialog window, etc. And this thread from another forum gave me some good insight on the best fonts for portability (i.e.: Verdana, Tahoma, Arial, etc.).

    https://community.filemaker.com/thread/164550


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