Emacs: Cycle Fonts by Command

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Cycle between 2 Fonts

This command cycles between 2 fonts.

(defun xah-cycle-font-2 (@n)
  "Change font in current window between 2 fonts.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_switching_fonts.html'
Version 2015-09-21"
  (interactive "p")
  ;; this function sets a property “state”. It is a integer. Possible values are 0 to length of $fontList
  (let (
        ($fontList '("Courier-14" "Menlo-14"))

    (setq $stateBefore (if (get 'xah-cycle-font-2 'state) (get 'xah-cycle-font-2 'state) 0))
    (setq $stateAfter (% (+ $stateBefore (length $fontList) @n) (length $fontList)))
    (put 'xah-cycle-font-2 'state $stateAfter)

    (setq $fontToUse (nth $stateAfter $fontList))
    (set-frame-parameter nil 'font $fontToUse)
    (message "Font set to: %s" $fontToUse)))

Cycle Multiple Fonts

Here's a elisp code that lets you quickly switch among your choice fonts for current window.

(defvar xah-font-list nil "A list of fonts for `xah-cycle-font' to cycle from.")

(setq xah-font-list
       ((string-equal system-type "windows-nt")
          "Lucida Console-10"
          "Segoe UI Symbol-12"
          "Lucida Sans Unicode-10"
       ((string-equal system-type "gnu/linux")
          "DejaVu Sans Mono-10"
          "DejaVu Sans-10"
       ((string-equal system-type "darwin") ; Mac
(defun xah-cycle-font (@n)
  "Change font in current frame.
Each time this is called, font cycles thru a predefined list of fonts in the variable `xah-font-list' .
If @n is 1, cycle forward.
If @n is -1, cycle backward.
See also `xah-cycle-font-next', `xah-cycle-font-previous'.

URL `http://ergoemacs.org/emacs/emacs_switching_fonts.html'
Version 2015-09-21"
  (interactive "p")
  ;; this function sets a property “state”. It is a integer. Possible values are any index to the fontList.
  (let ($fontToUse $stateBefore $stateAfter )
    (setq $stateBefore (if (get 'xah-cycle-font 'state) (get 'xah-cycle-font 'state) 0))
    (setq $stateAfter (% (+ $stateBefore (length xah-font-list) @n) (length xah-font-list)))
    (setq $fontToUse (nth $stateAfter xah-font-list))
    (set-frame-font $fontToUse t)
    ;; (set-frame-parameter nil 'font $fontToUse)
    (message "Current font is: %s" $fontToUse )
    (put 'xah-cycle-font 'state $stateAfter)))
(defun xah-cycle-font-next ()
  "Switch to the next font, in current window.
See `xah-cycle-font'."
  (xah-cycle-font 1))

(defun xah-cycle-font-previous ()
  "Switch to the previous font, in current window.
See `xah-cycle-font'."
  (xah-cycle-font -1))

Modify the variable list “xah-font-list” above, so that you can use this function to cycle among the fonts of your choice.

To get a list of fonts in emacs, see Emacs: Font Setup.

You can set 【Ctrl+F7】 and 【Ctrl+F8】 to switch to the prev/next font. [see Emacs: How to Define Keys]

Proportional Font

Emacs: Proportional Font

Change Line Spacing

Note: different font have different line spacing.

Emacs: Set Line Spacing


Emacs: toggle-word-wrap

Font/Unicode Topic

  1. Unicode Tutorial
  2. Emacs File Encoding FAQ
  3. Unicode Basics: What's Character Set, Character Encoding, UTF-8?
  4. Xah Math Input Mode
  5. Xah Unicode Browser Mode

  1. Best Unicode Fonts for Programer
  2. Font Setup
  3. Proportional Font
  4. Cycle Fonts by Command
  5. Set Line Spacing
  6. toggle-word-wrap
  7. Elisp: Unicode Representation in String
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