[Fontconfig] Keywords for specifying sans, serif etc

Behdad Esfahbod behdad at behdad.org
Tue Mar 1 23:37:44 PST 2011

Hi Sairus,

You are right in that the library itself has no special means for default
sans-serif, serif, and monospace styles.

The default config, and the common usage however, uses family names
"sans-serif", "serif", and "monospace" for that purpose indeed.  "sans" also
aliases "sans-serif".


On 02/28/11 21:21, Sairus Patel wrote:
> I can't find FontConfig documentation that describes how exactly a client can request a default sans, sans serif, or monospaced font. That is, there are no special FontConfig "keywords" for these. I grepped the 2.8.0 source code and couldn't find anything corresponding to these keywords or similar.
> So, is it simply up to the person who sets up the config files as to what keywords should be used ("sans-serif", "sans_serif", "sans", "_sans", etc)?
> (I tried searching the archives but didn't find anything conclusive. Apologies in advance if I missed something.)
> Best,
> Sairus
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