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[REBOL] Re: help needed from graphics GURUS ?

From: carl:cybercraft at: 2-Sep-2002 20:03

On 02-Sep-02, Gregg Irwin wrote:
> << Last night I looked at the raw binary on a couple of fonts. The > name is in > there, but I wasn't readily able to identify a constant location nor > a bracketing pair of words or symbols that would make parsing easy. > (It wasn't obvious *to me*, at least.) >> > The format is available (wotsit has a link to it), but I don't think > it will be a 5 minute job. There is a table directory you would use > to find the name table, then get the name out of that. Also, > everything is big-endian. I've done this kind of thing a bit, and > since it might actually work cross platform (anywhere TTF fonts are > used), I'd be willing to spend a little time on it if people feel > there is a lot of vale to be had from it. I.e. I'll tackle the TTF > parsing bit if others want to handle the requestor, file finder, > list-builder parts.
I'd have a go at the requester, unless someone beats me to it. (: I doubt I'd get on to it until next weekend though. Anyway, some thoughts on what refinements request-font should have... /title title-line -- change default request title. /font font-name -- default font-name or block of font-names to show as selected. /style font-style -- allow user to select a font-style. /size font-size -- allow user to select a font-size. /color font-color -- allow user to select a font's color. /shadow font-shadow -- allow user to select a shadow-size. /multi -- allow user to select more than one font. /keep -- keep previous settings. /all -- allow user selection of all of the font values - size, color etc. Given a font object can also have offset, space, align, valign and colors values, are there any of those that should also be selectable in the font requester? And should shadow be in there? And would it be possible to restrict selection to only fixed or proportional fonts? That'd require the os-dependant routine to get more than just the name of the font. Short of having REBOL measure the width of every character in every font! (: -- Carl Read