Re: Rotated text possible on canvas?

From: Jay Carlson <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 96 13:28:36 -0500

> Subject: Re: Rotated text possible on canvas?

> No examples contain any, the docs don't mention it and its not mentioned
> in the FAQ. I assume the answer is no. Is this a Tk limitation? Are there
> any tricks that can achieve the desired result? If the answer is not no
> please let me in on the secret.

The X protocol itself does not support rotated text. The Display
PostScript extension that some X servers have is a way around this,
but only for PostScript fonts.

Applications have been known to rasterize fonts offscreen, download
the bitmap into their application, rotate it, and blast rotated text
back as a pixmap. You can imagine how much of a pain it is, though.

I suppose Tk could start to support rotated text on the Mac and Win32
platforms, but I kinda doubt this will be taken well by the Tcl/Tk
team at Sun.

Jay Carlson

Flat text is just *never* what you want. ---stephen p spackman
Received on Fri Dec 13 1996 - 19:28:18 CET

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