Character style control method and apparatus

Application Number: 00107040
Application Date: 2000.03.03
Publication Number: 1267051
Publication Date: 2000.09.20
Priority Information: 1999/3/3 JP 56109/99
International: G09G5/26;H04N5/445
Applicant(s) Name: Sony Corp.
Inventor(s) Name: Shintoku Akitoshi
Patent Agency Code: 72001
Patent Agent: chen jingjun
Abstract A font controlling method and apparatus in, for example, a so-called on-screen display (OSD), in which, when displaying letters or the like of different languages, well-balanced high-quality display easy and comfortable to see is to be enabled without abbreviating a word or splitting a line in two lines. To this end, the font controlling apparatus includes an input signal discriminating unit 2, an OSD control micro-computer 3 and a character generator IC 5. The input signal discriminating unit 2 discriminates the sort of the graphics display standard of an input signal. The OSD control micro-computer 3 determines the sort of the font in use and the size of the font based on a display language request signal from the user and the sort of the graphics display standard of the input signal. The character generator IC 5 generates an OSD display signal responsive to the sort of the font determined by the OSD control micro-computer 3 and the font size.