Re: Question about gtk_label_set_justify()

On Wed, Jul 26, 2006 at 09:50:21AM +0200, Richard Boaz wrote:
> i would achieve this thus:
> // calculate the total space required to render the string (string  
> here contains no spaces):
> string_width_in_pixels = string_width(string_to_render);	//  
> string_width() function is implementation specific
> // leaving us with how much white space is required to be inserted:
> total_white_space_in_pixels = label_widget_width_in_pixels -  
> string_width_in_pixels;
> // compute the pixels for a space (' '):
> space_pixels = string_width(" ");
> // total white space required between each character
> space_fill_in_pixels = total_white_space_in_pixels /  
> (total_characters_in_display_string - 1)
> spaces_required = space_fill_in_pixels / space_pixels;

Unless the fraction comes out as an integer, how are the
spaces supposed to pad the string to the exact width?

> and now we have enough information to make our string by hand, one  
> character at a time, evenly distributing the displayed characters:
> for(i=0;i<strlen(string_to_render);i++)
> {
>   sprintf(output_str, "%s%c\0", output_str, string_to_render[i]);
>   for(j=0;j<spaces_required;j++)
>   {
>     sprintf(output_str, "%s%c\0", output_str, ' ');
>   }
> }
> et voila, our evenly spaced output string.

Hardly.  Stop living in ASCII world, hey we are talking
about Chinese.

First of all, %c breaks the string into bytes, so the only
thing you get from this is a Pango warning about invalid

So let's say you broke the string into characters.  How they
map to glyphs?  No one knows (well, Pango knows, but I'm not
sure how to get this from it).

So let's say you somehow managed to break the string to parts
corresponding to glyphs.  And you want to insert spaces and
render?  Wrong.  Characters can look differently when they
are surrounded spaces and whey they are surrounded by other

If your app is single-language and you know how to deal with
the previous two issues for that language, well, you can use
the method I outlined in the previous mail.  But for
international text you have no chance without the support of
Pango or other international text handling library (not
talking about the possibility that such spreading makes no
sense for a particular script).

> no?  ja?



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