If the Emacs installed at your site was built to use the X toolkit with the Lucid menu widgets, then the menu bar is a separate widget and has its own resources. The resource names contain ‘pane.menubar’ (following, as always, the name of the Emacs invocation, or ‘Emacs’, which stands for all Emacs invocations). Specify them like this:
For example, to specify the font ‘8x16’ for the menu-bar items, write this:
Resources for non-menubar toolkit pop-up menus have ‘menu*’ instead of ‘pane.menubar’. For example, to specify the font ‘8x16’ for the pop-up menu items, write this:
For dialog boxes, use ‘dialog*’:
The Lucid menus can display multilingual text in your locale. For
more information about fontsets see the man page for
XCreateFontSet. To enable multilingual menu text you specify a
fontSet resource instead of the font resource. If both
fontSet resources are specified, the
fontSet resource is used.
Thus, to specify ‘-*-helvetica-medium-r-*--*-120-*-*-*-*-*-*,*’ for both the popup and menu bar menus, write this:
The ‘*menu*’ as a wildcard matches ‘pane.menubar’ and ‘menu...’.
Experience shows that on some systems you may need to add ‘shell.’ before the ‘pane.menubar’ or ‘menu*’. On some other systems, you must not add ‘shell.’. The generic wildcard approach should work on both kinds of systems.
Here is a list of the specific resources for menu bars and pop-up menus:
Also determines the thickness of shadow lines around other objects,
for instance 3D buttons and arrows. If you have the impression that
the arrows in the menus do not stand out clearly enough or that the
difference between “in” and “out” buttons is difficult to see, set
this to 2. If you have no problems with visibility, the default
probably looks better. The background color may also have some effect
on the contrast.