strategies for non-horizontal text orientation
irog at mac.com
Sat Jun 13 18:13:01 CDT 2009
I've done a little experimenting and have come with a somewhat kludgy
way to accommodate real non-horizontal text. It simply involves making
a column array of narrow fields that are set to center alignment. A
simple algorithm for placing the chars of a word into the appropriate
column and line will result in real text on an angle with a certain
degree of freedom to control that angle with precision. Works fine for
me but certainly involves a lot of fields!
On Jun 13, 2009, at 10:00 AM, use-revolution-request at lists.runrev.com
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> Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:22:36 -0700
> From: Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com>
> Subject: strategies for non-horizontal text orientation
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> I have a project which will need to present a grid layout in which the
> columns are narrow but will be identified with text labels.
> Ideally these would be at a 45-degree angle, so each could be clearly
> associated with the column they relate to but still be reasonably
> readable. But at worst I'd accept a fully-vertical orientation.
> The speed to generate vertically-oriented text isn't a problem,
> since I
> could render it offscreen in a list field and make and image of that
> field and set its angle to 90. But I'd prefer 45 degrees, and that
> means doing each label in its own operation, not the speediest thing
> the world since I may have up to a hundred or even two hundred
> labels to
> But that's not the hard part. The hardest part is printing. Argh.
> Printing an image of text will be jaggies-hell compared to the smooth
> appearance of native vector-rendered text.
> I suppose I could render the text at 4 times actual size and then
> it down for display and printing on the card, but I'm concerned about
> that will alter the appearance, perhaps smoothing the image more than
> would be desirable (I haven't yet experimented with this to have any
> subjective feeling for how it looks).
> Any of you doing angled or vertically-oriented text? Any tips you can
> Also, do any of you know of a request in the RQCC for native support
> non-horizontally oriented text? I just did a search for "text
> orientation" and came up with many hits but none for that.
> Richard Gaskin
> Fourth World Media Corporation
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