HTMLEditor font selector slowness

John C. Turnbull ozemale at
Thu Sep 12 00:22:06 PDT 2013

Just a quick note about HTMLEditor. I find that the font selector takes a
very long time to load the list of fonts the first time it is clicked on and
while it is loading the entire app locks-up.


I realise that it needs to render each font name using the actual font
itself (so it probably has to instantiate each Font object) but similar
drop-downs in Word for example do exactly the same thing and load almost


Is there some reason why opening the drop-down font list take so long the
first time it is clicked?  Could this be optimised some way by just loading
enough fonts to fill about 2 "pages" of fonts and then loading the rest in a
lazy manner?


I am working with JDK8 b106 but the same thing happens with JDK7 as well.



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