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Tk_ComputeTextLayout(3)	     Tk	Library	Procedures     Tk_ComputeTextLayout(3)


       Tk_ComputeTextLayout,  Tk_FreeTextLayout,  Tk_DrawTextLayout, Tk_Under-
       lineTextLayout, Tk_PointToChar,	Tk_CharBbox,  Tk_DistanceToTextLayout,
       Tk_IntersectTextLayout, Tk_TextLayoutToPostscript - routines to measure
       and display single-font,	multi-line, justified text.

       #include	<tk.h>

       Tk_ComputeTextLayout(tkfont, string, numChars, wrapLength, justify, flags, widthPtr, heightPtr)


       Tk_DrawTextLayout(display, drawable, gc,	layout,	x, y, firstChar, lastChar)

       Tk_UnderlineTextLayout(display, drawable, gc, layout, x,	y, underline)

       Tk_PointToChar(layout, x, y)

       Tk_CharBbox(layout, index, xPtr,	yPtr, widthPtr,	heightPtr)

       Tk_DistanceToTextLayout(layout, x, y)

       Tk_IntersectTextLayout(layout, x, y, width, height)

       Tk_TextLayoutToPostscript(interp, layout)

       Tk_Font tkfont (in)			Font to	use when  constructing
						and  displaying	a text layout.
						The tkfont must	 remain	 valid
						for  the  lifetime of the text
						layout.	 Must  have  been  re-
						turned	by  a previous call to

       const char *string (in)			Potentially multi-line	string
						whose  dimensions  are	to  be
						computed  and  stored  in  the
						text  layout.  The string must
						remain valid for the  lifetime
						of the text layout.

       int numChars (in)			The  number  of	 characters to
						consider from string.  If num-
						Chars is less than 0, then as-
						sumes string  is  null	termi-
						nated and uses Tcl_NumUtfChars
						to  determine  the  length  of

       int wrapLength (in)			Longest	   permissible	  line
						length,	in pixels.   Lines  in
						string	will  automatically be
						broken at word boundaries  and
						wrapped	 when  they reach this
						length.	 If wrapLength is  too
						small  for even	a single char-
						acter to fit  on  a  line,  it
						will  be expanded to allow one
						character to fit on each line.
						If  wrapLength	is <= 0, there
						is  no	 automatic   wrapping;
						lines will get as long as they
						need to	be and only wrap if  a
						newline/return	 character  is

       Tk_Justify justify (in)			How to justify the lines in  a
						multi-line  text layout.  Pos-
						sible	values	 are   TK_JUS-
						or  TK_JUSTIFY_RIGHT.  If  the
						text  layout  only  occupies a
						single line, then  justify  is

       int flags (in)				Various	 flag  bits  OR-ed to-
						gether.	 TK_IGNORE_TABS	 means
						that tab characters should not
						be expanded to	the  next  tab
						stop.	    TK_IGNORE_NEWLINES
						means	that	newline/return
						characters  should not cause a
						line break.  If	either tabs or
						newlines/returns  are ignored,
						then they will be  treated  as
						regular	characters, being mea-
						sured and displayed in a plat-
						form-dependent	manner	as de-
						scribed	 in   Tk_MeasureChars,
						and  will not have any special

       int *widthPtr (out)			If non-NULL, filled  with  ei-
						ther  the width, in pixels, of
						the widest line	 in  the  text
						layout,	 or the	width, in pix-
						els, of	the bounding  box  for
						the character specified	by in-

       int *heightPtr (out)			If non-NULL, filled  with  ei-
						ther the total height, in pix-
						els, of	all the	lines  in  the
						text layout, or	the height, in
						pixels,	of  the	 bounding  box
						for the	character specified by

       Tk_TextLayout layout (in)		A token	 that  represents  the
						cached	  layout   information
						about the single-font,	multi-
						line, justified	piece of text.
						This  token  is	 returned   by

       Display *display	(in)			Display	on which to draw.

       Drawable	drawable (in)			Window	or  pixmap in which to

       GC gc (in)				Graphics context  to  use  for
						drawing	text layout.  The font
						selected in this GC must  cor-
						respond	 to  the  tkfont  used
						when  constructing  the	  text

       int x, y	(in)				Point,	in pixels, at which to
						place the upper-left hand cor-
						ner of the text	layout when it
						is being drawn,	or the coordi-
						nates of a point (with respect
						to the upper-left hand	corner
						of  the	 text layout) to check
						against	the text layout.

       int firstChar (in)			The index of the first charac-
						ter  to	 draw  from  the given
						text  layout.	The  number  0
						means  to draw from the	begin-

       int lastChar (in)			The index of the last  charac-
						ter  up	to which to draw.  The
						character     specified	    by
						lastChar  itself  will	not be
						drawn.	A number less  than  0
						means  to  draw	all characters
						in the text layout.

       int underline (in)			Index of the single  character
						to  underline in the text lay-
						out, or	a number less  than  0
						for no underline.

       int index (in)				The  index  of	the  character
						whose bounding box is desired.
						The  bounding  box is computed
						with respect to	the upper-left
						hand  corner  of the text lay-

       int *xPtr, *yPtr	(out)			Filled	with  the   upper-left
						hand corner, in	pixels,	of the
						bounding box for the character
						specified by index.  Either or
						both  xPtr  and	 yPtr  may  be
						NULL, in which case the	corre-
						sponding value is  not	calcu-

       int width, height (in)			Specifies    the   width   and
						height,	in pixels, of the rec-
						tangular  area	to compare for
						intersection against the  text

       Tcl_Interp *interp (out)			Postscript   code   that  will
						print the text layout  is  ap-
						pended to interp-_result.

       These  routines	are  for  measuring and	displaying single-font,	multi-
       line, justified text.  To measure and display simple single-font,  sin-
       gle-line	 strings,  refer  to  the  documentation  for Tk_MeasureChars.
       There is	no programming interface in  the  core	of  Tk	that  supports
       multi-font, multi-line text; support for	that behavior must be built on
       top of simpler layers.  Note that unlike	the lower level	 text  display
       routines,  the  functions  described here all operate on	character-ori-
       ented lengths and indices rather	than byte-oriented  values.   See  the
       description  of	Tcl_UtfAtIndex	for more details on converting between
       character and byte offsets.

       The routines described here are built on	top of the programming	inter-
       face  described	in  the	Tk_MeasureChars	documentation.	Tab characters
       and newline/return characters may be treated specially by these	proce-
       dures, but all other characters are passed through to the lower level.

       Tk_ComputeTextLayout  computes the layout information needed to display
       a single-font, multi-line, justified  string  of	 text  and  returns  a
       Tk_TextLayout token that	holds this information.	 This token is used in
       subsequent calls	to procedures such as Tk_DrawTextLayout,  Tk_Distance-
       ToTextLayout,  and  Tk_FreeTextLayout.  The string and tkfont used when
       computing the layout must remain	valid for the lifetime of this token.

       Tk_FreeTextLayout is called to release the storage associated with lay-
       out  when  it  is no longer needed.  A layout should not	be used	in any
       other text layout procedures once it has	been released.

       Tk_DrawTextLayout uses the information in layout	to display  a  single-
       font, multi-line, justified string of text at the specified location.

       Tk_UnderlineTextLayout uses the information in layout to	display	an un-
       derline below an	individual character.  This procedure  does  not  draw
       the  text, just the underline.  To produce natively underlined text, an
       underlined font should be constructed and used.	 All  characters,  in-
       cluding	tabs,  newline/return  characters,  and	 spaces	at the ends of
       lines, can be underlined	using this  method.   However,	the  underline
       will never be drawn outside of the computed width of layout; the	under-
       line will stop at the edge for any character  that  would  extend  par-
       tially  outside of layout, and the underline will not be	visible	at all
       for any character that would be located completely outside of the  lay-

       Tk_PointToChar  uses the	information in layout to determine the charac-
       ter closest to the given	point.	The point is specified with respect to
       the upper-left hand corner of the layout, which is considered to	be lo-
       cated at	(0, 0).	 Any point whose y-value is less that 0	will  be  con-
       sidered	closest	 to  the first character in the	text layout; any point
       whose y-value is	greater	than the height	of the	text  layout  will  be
       considered closest to the last character	in the text layout.  Any point
       whose x-value is	less than 0 will be considered closest	to  the	 first
       character  on  that  line;  any point whose x-value is greater than the
       width of	the text layout	will be	considered closest to the last charac-
       ter  on that line.  The return value is the index of the	character that
       was closest to the point.  Given	a layout with no characters, the value
       0  will	always	be  returned,  referring  to a hypothetical zero-width
       placeholder character.

       Tk_CharBbox uses	the information	in layout to return the	 bounding  box
       for the character specified by index.  The width	of the bounding	box is
       the advance width of the	character, and does not	include	 any  left  or
       right  bearing.	Any character that extends partially outside of	layout
       is considered to	be truncated at	the edge.  Any character that would be
       located completely outside of layout is considered to be	zero-width and
       pegged against the edge.	 The height of the bounding box	 is  the  line
       height  for this	font, extending	from the top of	the ascent to the bot-
       tom of the descent; information about the actual	height	of  individual
       letters is not available.  For measurement purposes, a layout that con-
       tains no	characters is considered to contain a single zero-width	place-
       holder character	at index 0.  If	index was not a	valid character	index,
       the return value	is 0 and *xPtr,	*yPtr, *widthPtr, and  *heightPtr  are
       unmodified.   Otherwise,	if index did specify a valid, the return value
       is non-zero, and	*xPtr, *yPtr, *widthPtr,  and  *heightPtr  are	filled
       with  the  bounding box information for the character.  If any of xPtr,
       yPtr, widthPtr, or heightPtr are	NULL, the corresponding	value  is  not
       calculated or stored.

       Tk_DistanceToTextLayout	computes  the shortest distance	in pixels from
       the given point (x, y) to the  characters  in  layout.	Newline/return
       characters and non-displaying space characters that occur at the	end of
       individual lines	in the text layout are ignored for hit detection  pur-
       poses,  but tab characters are not.  The	return value is	0 if the point
       actually	hits the layout.  If the point did not hit the layout then the
       return value is the distance in pixels from the point to	the layout.

       Tk_IntersectTextLayout  determines  whether  a layout lies entirely in-
       side, entirely outside, or overlaps a given rectangle.	Newline/return
       characters and non-displaying space characters that occur at the	end of
       individual lines	in the layout are ignored  for	intersection  calcula-
       tions.  The return value	is -1 if the layout is entirely	outside	of the
       rectangle, 0 if it overlaps, and	1 if it	is entirely inside of the rec-

       Tk_TextLayoutToPostscript outputs code consisting of a Postscript array
       of strings that represent the individual	lines in layout.   It  is  the
       responsibility  of  the	caller to take the Postscript array of strings
       and add some Postscript function	operate	on the array to	render each of
       the lines.  The code that represents the	Postscript array of strings is
       appended	to interp-_result.

       When measuring a	text layout, space characters that occur at the	end of
       a line are ignored.  The	space characters still exist and the insertion
       point can be positioned amongst them, but their additional width	is ig-
       nored when justifying lines or returning	the total width	of a text lay-
       out.  All end-of-line space characters are considered to	be attached to
       the right edge of the line; this	behavior is logical for	left-justified
       text and	reasonable for center-justified	text, but not very useful when
       editing	right-justified	 text.	 Spaces	 are considered	variable width
       characters; the first space that	extends	past the edge of the text lay-
       out  is	clipped	to the edge, and any subsequent	spaces on the line are
       considered zero width and pegged	against	the  edge.   Space  characters
       that  occur  in the middle of a line of text are	not suppressed and oc-
       cupy their normal space width.

       Tab characters are not ignored for measurement calculations.  If	 wrap-
       ping  is	 turned	 on  and there are enough tabs on a line, the next tab
       will wrap to the	beginning of the next line.  There are	some  possible
       strange	interactions between tabs and justification; tab positions are
       calculated and the line length computed in a left-justified world,  and
       then  the  whole	 resulting line	is shifted so it is centered or	right-
       justified, causing the tab columns not to align any more.

       When wrapping is	turned on, lines may wrap at word breaks (space	or tab
       characters) or newline/returns.	A dash or hyphen character in the mid-
       dle of a	word is	not considered a word break.  Tk_ComputeTextLayout al-
       ways  attempts  to  place at least one word on each line.  If it	cannot
       because the wrapLength is too small, the	word will  be  broken  and  as
       much as fits placed on the line and the rest on subsequent line(s).  If
       wrapLength is so	small that not even one	character can fit on  a	 given
       line, the wrapLength is ignored for that	line and one character will be
       placed on the line anyhow.  When	wrapping  is  turned  off,  only  new-
       line/return characters may cause	a line break.

       When  a	text  layout has been created using an underlined tkfont, then
       any space characters that occur at the end of  individual  lines,  new-
       lines/returns,  and tabs	will not be displayed underlined when Tk_Draw-
       TextLayout is called, because those characters are never	actually drawn
       - they are merely placeholders maintained in the	layout.


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