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#.textwidth() command

Post by rbytes » Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:38 am

This demo uses very similar code to Font Type a few posts back. The screen looks almost identical too. But the new command #.textwidth calculates the width of the first drawtext on each line. The x value for the next word always equals the previous x value plus the previous text's width (variable w)

The spacing is very accurate. Before the #.textwidth() command was created in SPL version 19, the only way to get the correct second x value was by trial and error! Remember to use text size commands right after you define the text, before you make any changes to the font name, type or size.

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'' 
Text Width by rbytes
September 2017
Adapted from Font Type, posted recently

The main difference is that the second drawtext on each line has
its x position calculated by the #.textwidth command, rather than
choosing a value by trial and error. The word spacing is not always 
what I prefer, but at least #.textwidth() gets close enough that only
small correction values are needed.
''

#.fontsize(30)
a = #.normal
b = #.bold
c = #.italic
c1 = "Some helpful "
c2 = "advice ..."
d = "Keep on "
e = "smiling."
f = "It does your face "
g = "good!"

#.drawtext(100,25,"You can use bold and/or italic text to highlight important words.")
#.drawcolor(.4,.4,1)
#.fontsize(60)
#.drawtext(100,75,c1)      ' Some helpful
w = #.textwidth(c1)        ' returns width w of text c1
#.fonttype(c)
#.drawtext(100 + w,75,c2)  ' advice
#.drawcolor(1,0,1)
#.fonttype(a)
#.drawtext(100,150,d)      ' Keep on
w = #.textwidth(d)         ' returns width w of text d.
#.fonttype(b)
#.drawtext(100 + w,150,e)  ' smiling
#.drawcolor(0,.6,.6)
#.fonttype(a)
#.drawtext(100,225,f)      ' It does your face
w = #.textwidth(f)         ' returns width w of text f.
#.fonttype(b,c)
#.drawtext(100 + w,225,g)  ' good!
#.fonttype(a)
#.fontsize(30)
#.drawcolor(0,0,0)
#.drawtext(100,365,"But some specialty fonts may not show the results you expect")
#.fontname("Ranchers")
#.fontsize(60)
#.drawcolor(.4,.4,1)
#.drawtext(100,425,c1)     ' Some helpful
w = #.textwidth(c1)        ' returns width w of text c1.
#.fonttype(c)
#.drawtext(100 + w,425,c2) ' advice
#.drawcolor(1,0,1)
#.fonttype(a)
#.drawtext(100,510,d)      ' Keep on
w = #.textwidth(d)         ' returns width w of text d.
#.fonttype(b)
#.drawtext(100 + w,510,e)  ' smiling
#.drawcolor(0,.6,.6)
#.fonttype(a)
#.drawtext(100,595,f)      ' It does your face
w = #.textwidth(f)         ' returns width w of text f.
#.fonttype(b,c)
#.drawtext(100 + w,595,g)  ' good!
#.fonttype(a)
#.fontname("default")
#.fontsize(30)
#.drawcolor(0,0,0)
#.drawtext(100,690,"Ranchers always looks bold, so using the bold command changes little.")
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Re: #.textwidth() command

Post by Mr. Kibernetik » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:04 am

You change font type before you measure text width with previous font type, so you get incorrect text width.
For example, here:

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#.drawtext(100,425,c1)     ' Some helpful
#.fonttype(c)
w = #.textwidth(c1)        ' returns width w of text c1.
you print the text, then change font type to C, and only after that you measure text width of printed text. But it is got measured using font type C but not with font type it was printed. This may be the reason of inconsistent spaces.

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Re: #.textwidth() command

Post by rbytes » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:09 am

Fixed - see original post.
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Re: #.textwidth() command

Post by rbytes » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:30 am

Couldn't wait. I redid the code, and the spacing is now correct. I have also updated my comments.

You raised an important point, that the font type (and probably the font name and font size) should not be changed before calling any of the text size commands. Perhaps this could be mentioned in the description of these commands.
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Re: #.textwidth() command

Post by Mr. Kibernetik » Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:36 am

rbytes wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:30 am
Perhaps this could be mentioned in the description of these commands.
Yes, good suggestion. I have updated the documentation.

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