Text Styles: Expanded, condensed

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Sat Feb 17 11:51:49 EST 2018


LC no longer manipulates text directly to produce styles, it now uses the 
equivalent font. This happens with all text styles including bold, italic, 
etc. If the font family includes a styled version it is used, otherwise 
there is no change.

I can't remember if the swap happens automatically in all cases. Recently I 
needed a bold font and it didn't work, I had to install the bold version of 
the font and use that instead. I think that was because the bold version 
was its own font family.

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On February 17, 2018 10:12:24 AM Peter Bogdanoff via use-livecode 
<use-livecode at lists.runrev.com> wrote:

> 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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