[R] cex in Windows vs. Linux

Marc Schwartz mschwartz at medanalytics.com
Wed Nov 13 13:52:39 CET 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> [mailto:owner-r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Paul Murrell
> Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2002 9:12 PM
> Hi
> Andrew Schuh wrote:
> > 
> > I go back and forth from Linux to Windoze often and have to run the 
> > same r-scripts.  I was wondering why it seems like the default 
> > plotting size of labels, symbols, titles, etc seem smaller in Linux 
> > than in Windows.  Is there a quick way to remedy this so I 
> don't have 
> > to manually change the cex settings from 1 to 1.3 every 
> time I go from 
> > Windoze to Linux?
> I think part of the problem is that the font used on the X11 
> device is Helvetica and the default font for Windows is 
> Arial.  The default point size is 12 in both cases, but just 
> because two fonts have the same nominal point size does not 
> mean that they physically are the same size. It should 
> theoretically be possible to set yourself up with either 
> Helvetica on Windows or Arial on Linux, but I don't know of a 
> (free) source for such fonts.
> Paul

There is a source for MS TT fonts here:


The primary instructions are for RPM based distros, but there are links
on the page for others.


Marc Schwartz

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