Text Styles: Expanded, condensed

Peter Bogdanoff bogdanoff at me.com
Sat Feb 17 11:10:28 EST 2018


Yes, Richmond, I had the same results trying to set text in LC 8.7. A script will set chars to “condensed” but the spacing doesn’t change, and the visual look is degraded. Maybe with a LC upgrade along the line somebody forgot about those styles, and no one noticed? I can understand that to maintain compatibility with HTML 5, the <condensed> and <expanded> tags might be dropped. But that should come much later.

Peter

> On Feb 17, 2018, at 4:02 AM, Richmond Mathewson via use-livecode <use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:
> 
> That reference is all about htmlText . . .
> 
> Having a look at Revolution Media Build 950 Version 4.0.0 on Mac OS 10.7.5 . . .
> 
> [Not as daft as I look: always a good idea to hang onto old, licensed versions.]
> 
> I found this:
> 
> set the textStyle of line 1 of field "Main" to condensed
> 
> So; like Hank Wangford in search of "the Lonesome Yodel" I climbed onto Rosinanti #2 and set forth:
> 
> 4.5: still there.
> 
> 7.1.4: gone.
> 
> That looks like a deliberate choice.
> 
> Mind you, doing this in RR 4.5:
> 
> set the textStyle of fld "gg" to condensed
> 
> is horrible: it does NOT condense the text at all,
> merely  makes things look like something bitmapped from about 1996.
> 
> Opening the stack containing a field with condensed text that I authored in RR 4.5 in LC 8.1.9
> is interesting insofar as:
> 
> the text in fld "gg" does NOT look condensed, BUT on doing this in the Message Box:
> 
> put the textStyle of fld "gg"
> 
> I get "condensed" . . .
> 
> A bad case of 'The Phantom of the Opera'.
> 
> Best, Richmond.
> 
> 
> On 17/2/2018 5:41 am, Peter Bogdanoff via use-livecode wrote:
>> Did support for the text styles “expanded” and “condensed” disappear at some point from Livecode?
>> 
>> I see in this that they were added in the misty past:
>> 
>> http://docs.runrev.com/Property/HTMLText
>> 
>> They are not in the dictionary now, or Font menu, and setting those with a script doesn’t work.
>> 
>> I loved using those styles in Hypercard back in the day…
>> 
>> Peter Bogdanoff
>> ArtsInteractive
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