All system fonts are bitmap fonts and are specified in the table below. System font is used in the UI, except in editors, viewers and Web browser. It is extremely important to use this system font in the UI because it forms a very strong element of the visual style.
The system font has several sizes and styles to distinguish between different kinds of information, e.g. labels and titles. Text is usually black in order to make it legible. Dimming is used in cases where a text item cannot be selected.
There are three different font sizes for zooming . Zooming is not automatic; an application needs to define the zoom ratio and fonts individually.
Logical name Height Style Purpose and examples of use
SystemfontTerm8normal 8 pix Normal Special font for Terminal and Telnet views
SystemfontTerm15zoomed 15 pix Zoomed Special font for Terminal and Telnet views, zoomed
Systemfont10bold 10 pix Normal Small font for tables or small textual indications
Systemfont16bold 16 pix Bold Texts in Indicator Area mode slots ; labels in tight tables
Systemfont 18normal 18 pix Normal Bodytext in tables
Systemfont 18bold 18 pix Bold Text/titles in tables, application name in indicator field
Systemfont 20light 20 pix Light Company name, Date and time (size, type etc.) in document lists (zoom step 1)
Systemfont20normal 20 pix Normal Text body (in zoom step 1), Menu texts, Dialogs
Systemfont20italic 20 pix Italic Text body in notes, Informative text in title lines
Systemfont20bold 20 pix Bold Labels, New (unread) messages in messaging (in zoom step 1)
Systemfont20bolditalic 20 pix Bold- Italic Titles in Notes
Systemfont 22bold 22 pix Bold Command button texts
Systemfont24light 24 pix Light Company name, Date and time, size, type, etc. in lists Menu shortcuts (in zoom step 2)
Systemfont 24normal 24 pix Normal Text body (in zoom step 2)
Systemfont24bold 24 pix Bold Labels, New (unread) contacts in messages (in zoom step 2), Titles
Systemfont29light 29 pix Light Company name, Date and time, size, type, etc. in lists(in zoom step 3)
Systemfont29normal 29 pix Normal Text body (in zoom step 3)
Systemfont29bold 29 pix Bold Labels, New (unread) contacts in messages (in zoom step 3)
Systemfont16digital 16 pix normal Digital font type for clock application (small clock)
Systemfont24digital 24 pix Normal Digital font type for clock application (large clock)
Leading is important as it keeps text loose, thus improving readability. In Latin fonts there needs to be at least 1 pixel between lines (preferably two) so that the letters do not touch each other. Lines in which the bottom half of the characters is missing should not appear in a view, except in editors that cannot be controlled.
Alignment in the lists is to the left. Date and time and size in the columns are aligned to the right.