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Support FontIcon widget

See original GitHub issue

At least in winRT and web apps using font-icons instead of png/gif/jpg or even SVG icons get’s increasingly common.

There are some very significant advantages:

  • Infinite Scalability: No need to think about different image and screen resolutions.
  • No additional resources: All you need is one font (which is either part of the OS or bundled with client).
  • Customizable colors: Decide at runtime which color the icon should have.
  • Consistent UI: Using one (or two) fonts per client gives your app have a look matching the OS.


  • Monochromatic only

Windows and Android provide fonts for their platform, see here, here and here. I couldn’t find one for iOS/Mac/Apple, but there are free fonts we could use, like this one, this one and this one. Those could also be used to fill in missing icons on the android/windows fonts.

We would have to find common icons the different fonts use and make them available under one keyword, e.g.

tabris.create("FontIcon", { glyph: "phone", ios_glyph: "#8657" } );

I think this feature would fit perfectly with our “easey-to-use” USP. Discuss!

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 8 years ago
  • Reactions:1
  • Comments:10 (4 by maintainers)

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cpetrovcommented, Feb 15, 2020

It’s not possible to use custom fonts where the Tabris widget API only supports an ImageValue (Tab#image, Action#image, ActionSheetItem#image, Button#image, ToggleButton#image, Page#image) so the usage of custom fonts as icons is currently limited.

mpostcommented, Jun 15, 2018

With the support for external fonts this could be implemented with an icon font. Closing as resolved.

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