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  • Using the drawing functions
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Stored procedures
Draws a text:
  • in an Image control,
  • Versions 17 and later
    WINDEVWindowsLinuxUser code (UMC) in an Image variable.
    New in version 17
    WINDEVWindowsLinuxUser code (UMC) in an Image variable.
    WINDEVWindowsLinuxUser code (UMC) in an Image variable.
    in an Image variable.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV in a WDPic variable (on the background layer),
    New in version 25
    WINDEV in a WDPic variable (on the background layer),
    WINDEV in a WDPic variable (on the background layer),
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV in a picLayer variable.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV in a picLayer variable.
    WINDEV in a picLayer variable.
Versions 15 and later
Linux This function is now available for WEBDEV sites in Linux.
Linux Caution: A specific configuration is required to use this function in Linux. See The drawings for more details.
New in version 15
Linux This function is now available for WEBDEV sites in Linux.
Linux Caution: A specific configuration is required to use this function in Linux. See The drawings for more details.
Linux This function is now available for WEBDEV sites in Linux.
Linux Caution: A specific configuration is required to use this function in Linux. See The drawings for more details.
Versions 18 and later
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Windows Store apps mode.
New in version 18
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Windows Store apps mode.
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Windows Store apps mode.
Versions 21 and later
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
New in version 21
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
Universal Windows 10 App This function is now available in Universal Windows 10 App mode.
// Initialize the drawing in an Image control
dStartDrawing(IMG_Drawing)
 
// Draw a text in light yellow
dText(10, 20, "Easy development", LightYellow)
// Calculate the size of a text
nTextWidth is int
dStartDrawing(IMG_Image1)
dText(X, Y, MyText)

nTextWidth = TextWidth(EDT_Edit1, MyText)
dText(X + nTextWidth, Y, MyNextText)
Versions 24 and later
WINDEVUniversal Windows 10 AppUser code (UMC)
// Draw a text in light yellow
dText(IMG_Drawing, 10, 20, "Easy development", LightYellow)
New in version 24
WINDEVUniversal Windows 10 AppUser code (UMC)
// Draw a text in light yellow
dText(IMG_Drawing, 10, 20, "Easy development", LightYellow)
WINDEVUniversal Windows 10 AppUser code (UMC)
// Draw a text in light yellow
dText(IMG_Drawing, 10, 20, "Easy development", LightYellow)
Syntax
dText([<Image>, ] <X coordinate> , <Y coordinate> , <Text> [, <Text color> [, <Management of &>]])
<Image>: Optional control name or optional Image, WDPic or picLayer variable
Versions 24 and later
WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Image to use. This image can correspond to:
  • the name of an Image control.
  • the name of an Image variable.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
If this parameter is not specified, it is necessary to define the drawing destination with dStartDrawing.
New in version 24
WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Image to use. This image can correspond to:
  • the name of an Image control.
  • the name of an Image variable.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
If this parameter is not specified, it is necessary to define the drawing destination with dStartDrawing.
WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Image to use. This image can correspond to:
  • the name of an Image control.
  • the name of an Image variable.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
    WINDEV the name of a WDPic variable. Only the background layer will be handled.
  • Versions 25 and later
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    New in version 25
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
    WINDEV the name of a picLayer variable.
If this parameter is not specified, it is necessary to define the drawing destination with dStartDrawing.
<X coordinate>: Integer
X coordinate of text to draw (in pixels).
<Y coordinate>: Integer
Y coordinate of text to draw (in pixels).
<Text>: Type corresponding to the text to draw
Text to draw. This text can be:
  • a string (without formatting marks such as TAB, CR, etc.),
  • a numeric.
<Text color>: Integer or constant (optional)
Text color to use. This color can correspond to:
If this parameter is not specified, the color of the text:
  • is Black if dPen was not used beforehand,
  • corresponds to the color specified in the last call to dPen.
<Management of &>: Optional boolean
  • True (default value) if the "&" character must not be interpreted as an underline operator.
  • False if the "&" character must be interpreted as an underline operator: the character following the "&" character will be underlined.
Remarks

Font

By default:
  • The font used is "MS Sans Serif" (size 13).
  • The writing direction is horizontal (from left to right).
  • The coordinates of the top left corner of the image are (0,0).
  • The "&" character is not interpreted.
To modify these parameters, use dFont.
Java The default font may differ according to the system on which the application is run.

Background color

By default, the background color of an Image control is transparent. To modify the background color of an Image control, use ..BackgroundColor.

Coordinates

The coordinates are given in relation to the top left corner of the image or Image control ((0, 0) coordinates).
The coordinates correspond to the top left corner of the rectangle into which the text will be drawn. The precise location of the text in this rectangle depends on the size, shape and attributes of the font.

Management of '&'

The parameter <Management of & > makes it possible to manage the use of the '&' character. Example:
  • the "&" character must not be interpreted as an underline operator. For example:
    dText(10, 10, "Tom&Jerry", LightRed, True)

    will display "Tom&Jerry".
  • the "&" character must be interpreted as an underline operator: the character following the "&" character will be underlined. For example:
    dText(10, 10, "&Edit", LightRed, False)

    will display "Edit".

Using the drawing functions

The drawing functions can be used according to 2 methods:
  • Method 1: Using dStartDrawing
    • dStartDrawing must be called before any other drawing function. dStartDrawing is used to define the element (Image control or variable) to which the drawing functions will be applied.
    • When drawing on an Image control:
      • The drawing functions operate on a copy ("bitmap") of the image. You can use the drawing functions of Windows (via API or CallDLL32) but these functions must use the DC (Device Context) returned by dStartDrawing.
      • dEndDrawing and dStartDrawing must not be called in the same process.
        The drawing will not be displayed if dEndDrawing and dStartDrawing are called in the same process: it will be automatically erased.
  • Versions 24 and later
    WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Method 2: indicating the drawing target directly in the syntax (via a parameter)
    The <Image> parameter is used to specify directly the target of the drawing. dStartDrawing becomes useless. This function must be deleted.
    Versions 25 and later
    Java This syntax is now available.
    New in version 25
    Java This syntax is now available.
    Java This syntax is now available.
    New in version 24
    WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Method 2: indicating the drawing target directly in the syntax (via a parameter)
    The <Image> parameter is used to specify directly the target of the drawing. dStartDrawing becomes useless. This function must be deleted.
    Versions 25 and later
    Java This syntax is now available.
    New in version 25
    Java This syntax is now available.
    Java This syntax is now available.
    WindowsLinuxUniversal Windows 10 AppJavaUser code (UMC) Method 2: indicating the drawing target directly in the syntax (via a parameter)
    The <Image> parameter is used to specify directly the target of the drawing. dStartDrawing becomes useless. This function must be deleted.
    Versions 25 and later
    Java This syntax is now available.
    New in version 25
    Java This syntax is now available.
    Java This syntax is now available.
WINDEVJavaUser code (UMC)

Limitations

In anti-aliasing (dChangeMode) or opacity (dStartDrawing) mode, dText is only available for True Type fonts.
Related Examples:
The drawing functions Unit examples (WINDEV): The drawing functions
[ + ] Using the main drawing functions of WINDEV to:
- Initialize an Image control for drawing
- Draw simple shapes
- Write a text into a drawing
- Change the color in a drawing
Business / UI classification : Neutral code
Component : wd250pnt.dll
Minimum version required
  • Version 9
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