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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:03 pm    Post subject: Resauces 2 Reply with quote

Can a specific font (non-Windows supplied) be made available to (incorporated within ) a program via a RESOURCE file ?

Is there an example somewhere demonstrating how to do it hidden within the catacombs of the documentation ?

Ta.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Microsoft does not include fonts in its list of standard resources.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_(Windows)

In theory you can use arbitrary binary data (which could be font data) as a resource but, off hand, I don't know how you could use this in a ClearWin+ program.

There are standard ways to import fonts to a user's font library. It would then be possible to access them via ClearWin+ routines such as get_font_name@.

There may be ClearWin+ users who could provide more insight.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think you can use a font unless it is explicitly installed into Windows.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What you can do is put the font in the installer program. I use Inno Setup from Jordan Russell software, which is freeware. Basically, you can specify your EXE, DLLs (including salflibc.dll) and fonts to be installed, and Inno Setup puts everything in a single executable for you. At install time everything is unpacked and put where you want it.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul, Robert and Eddie, thnks for the replies

Paul ... au contraire, Font is listed here (your link corrected) as a standard resource :
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resource_(Windows)
and more precisely here
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/menurc/resource-definition-statements
and here:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/menurc/font-resource

Your idea is a good back-up option Eddie.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

all this business with Resources and what can be done really does need up-scaling in the ftn95 documentation imo

Even if it' just quoting a foray of good links to good explanations ont' web.

It' all a bit of a 'black art' for a lot of us I'd wager.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2020 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John

Thank you for the correction. I will look a little further. I was confused by the fact that Microsoft do not support FONT resources in my versions of the Visual Studio resource editor.

The resource compiler SRC will accept a line in a script of the form...

myfont FONT "cmroman.fnt"

but at the moment I don't know how that might be used.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to let you know that I have spent some time on this without a great deal of success. There is demo C++ code available on the "CodeProject" website for a font called "SkiCargo" and I can import this code into ClearWin+ in a way that works for 32 bits but when I try other fonts or move to 64 bits, I can't get it to work.

If anyone has the skill to get the "CodeProject" code to work satisfactorily then I am willing to include this in ClearWin+.

Importing a font from a file appears to be more straight forward but not from a resource. Basically, Microsoft provides very little support for this and expect you to use the system font library. They have functions for LoadBitmap, LoadIcon, LoadCursor, etc. but not one to load a private font in an equivalent manner.
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