Using the Typeset Window

One or more lines of text can be viewed in the Typeset Window. The text is built out of the current font and may contain several occurrences of the current character. For example, entering the text
displays two lines of text. The first line will contain the current character (indicated by the ampersand), surrounded by two occurrences of the character 'H' (actually, to be precise, the character in position 'H' in the current font). The second line will contain the ampersand character ('&'), also surrounded by a pair of 'H' characters. The vertical bar ('|') separates lines. An example typeset text is shown in the following figure.

Typeset text
Typeset text

The current character need not be of the same font type as the current font; a raster character may also be typeset in the context of a curve font, or vice versa.

Whenever the current character is edited or replaced, this character is updated in all its occurrences immediately with its modification. This allows the immediate observation of the effect of editing changes. Note that, if a new current font is selected, the previous current font is continued to be used for typesetting until a new text is entered or read, or the Typeset->Re-Set Text command is issued.

The typeset characters will be filled according to the paint mode specified in their font, or, if present, according to the paint mode within each character. In the figure below, the digit zero is drawn by its outline in the character window, but filled in the Typeset Window.

Using the Typeset Window for curve characters
 Using the Typeset Window for curve characters

The speed of filling is affected by the Curve Filling option. Filling takes about four times as long when this option is set to Precise than for Fast.

The Typeset Properties Window displays a list of relevant values for the typeset screen. These properties include:

Note that, for raster fonts, only the point size is displayed; it is always identical to the point size specified in the font (i.e. the curve zoom factor does not affect the size). The reason for this is that, for raster fonts, a pixel on the screen always corresponds to a printed pixel.

Typeset->New Text

New Text accepts a string of text from the user. The string may contain an arbitrary number of current character place holders ('&') or line separators ('|'). To enter an ampersand, vertical bar, or backslash, precede it by a backslash ('\&', '\|', '\\'). The text is terminated by RETURN or LINE FEED. Nonprintable characters can be specified in the text by their font position (ASCII code), in one of four ways:

Typeset->Open Text

Typeset text may also be read from a file with the Open Text command. Instead of vertical bars ('|'), the RETURN or LINE FEED characters in the file are interpreted as line separators (i.e. file lines become typeset lines). The file name from which to load the text is determined via the file selection pop-up window, as for the File->Open command.

Typeset->Re-Set Text

After selecting a new current font, this font may be desired for typesetting instead of the previous current font. The Re-Set Text command re-sets the text, based on the new current font (this is like repeating the most recent Typeset->Open Text or Typeset->New Text command with the same text).

Typeset->Zoom Curves

By default, curve characters in the Typeset Window are shown with a curve zoom factor of 0.2 (i.e. one fifth of their size in the character window). This factor can be changed with the Zoom Curves command to values in the range [0.01,5], in increments of 0.01 (or 0.0001, choosing Fine). The user is presented with a slider in the input pop-up window, on which to choose the curve zoom factor. The R11 key resets the curve zoom factor to 0.2.

Note that the curve zoom factor is shown in the Typeset Properties Window as (CZX,CZY).

Typeset->Zoom Raster

Raster characters are, by default, typeset with one screen pixel per character pixel. Raster characters can be displayed larger (by displaying larger pixels), or smaller (by sampling pixels). This is achieved with the Zoom Raster command. The user is presented a menu in the input pop-up window from which a zoom factor in the range [1/64, 64] is chosen whih is a power of 2.

Note that the raster zoom factor is shown in the typeset properties window as (RZX,RZY).

Typeset->Close Text

The Typeset and the Typeset Properties windows are cleared with the Close Text command. Typesetting ceases until the next Typeset->New Text or Typeset->Open Text command is issued.