On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 19:52:35 +0900, Wybo Dekker wrote:

> When I use the default fonts in my Ruby-Tk application it takes
> 400 milliseconds to start up. When I use Helvetica or other fonts it takes
> 6400 seconds. Is there something I can do about that? Perl does not have
> that problem.

Use a font explicitely, not only string references (which causes the font
to be built over and over again), like:

   font = TkFont.new('courier')
   widget.font(font)

hth,
Kero.