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Re: [StrongED] Fonts

In message <fb17133852.Iyonix@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
          Ron <iyonix@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In message <fd23f03752.fjgraute@xxxxxxxxx>
>           Fred Graute <fjgraute@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > In message <5503ea3752.Iyonix@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> >           Ron <iyonix@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > > For a kick off, If I select a bitmap font that doesn't have a bold
> > > I get a warning banner every time StrongED starts.
> >
> > To get rid of the warning go to mode choices of BaseMode (error occurs
> > at startup so mode must be BaseMode) and check the Colours section for
> > any elements that have their style set to bold. Changing bold to regular
> > and saving the choices should fix it.
> >
> > > Is that normal, and can I just copy the regular to bold to keep it
> > > happy as a fix.
> >
> > Yes, that would work too.
> Mmmm, it stopped the warning but didn't fix another problem that the
> the errant bold setting was causing.
> I found my Basemode.ColoursStd file had BitmapStyle_Text:Bold so I set
> that to Regular.

Did you go through the styles for the various elements as I suggested?
That should have fixed the issue.

> What also was happening is a bit longer to explain.
> After making a copy of the X font to my UserPrefs.Bitmaps and editing
> the regular font to taste, I found that some of my new characters
> weren't appearing, [...]

Did you restart StrongED? This is necessary as StrongED caches the font.

> The CtrlTab font must be getting called on when needed by design.

The CtrlTab style is used for alternate display of control characters
and TABs. For example, you should set CtrlTab for TABs when you want
TABs to be displayed as a dotted line.

> I am wondering what decides wether various bitmaps are selectable
> by the user menu for any one font directory.(different issue)
> I get flickering of text while editting when using outline fonts,
> so I stick with bitmap fonts.
> This happens with !Edit as well, quite a serious system defect really.

It may depend on the machine you're using. The area to redraw will
cleared to the background colour (by the OS) before the new text is
painted. On systems that have no support for hardware acceleration this
may cause a very noticeable flicker. Here on the Iyonix it's visible but
not too bad.

[ StrongFnt issue ]

> I dragged an 8*16 font from zapfonts and it went huh?

This suggests that the font wasn't suitable in some way, eg not 8x16.
The manual explains which files are accepted by StrongFnt. A quick
random check here shows no problem with 8x16 fonts. Can you remember
which font you tried? That would be most useful to know.

> A separate matter almost, is there any advantage to sticking with the
> 16 colour range other than quicker to pick a colour?

Not really, both are stored as a 32-bit word, and both are converted
using ColourTrans to a format suitable for the current screen mode.



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