Click here to Skip to main content
Click here to Skip to main content
Go to top

Automatic Font Handling Class

, 14 Aug 2014
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
A class to make working with LOGFONTs easier

Sample Image

The CAutoFont class was designed to eliminate the constant, tedious task of filling a LOGFONT structure everytime you need to create or use a font. It was designed to make font manipulation a simple task. Here's a brief example:

void CMyView::OnPaint()
{
    CPaintDC dc(this);
    CAutoFont autofont("Courier New");

    autofont.SetBold(TRUE);
    autofont.SetItalic(TRUE);
    CFont *oldFont=dc.SelectObject(&autofont);
    dc.SetBkMode(TRANSPARENT);
    dc.TextOut(100,100,"Hello World!");
    dc.SelectObject(oldFont);
}

As you can see, CAutoFont works just like a standard CFont object (in fact, it's derived from CFont), except that it has methods built into it for setting its parameters without having to mess with a lengthy LOGFONT structure. Included are two methods for turning the font into a string. This is useful for sending the font to and from the registry, for example. The methods are CAutoFont::ContractFont and CAutoFont::ExtractFont.

Update

CAutoFont now has more functionality built into it. I apologize for forgetting who mentioned it, but per the suggestion of another MFCer, I've added into the ContractFont and ExtractFont functions the ability to save and restore font color. There are also two new functions. GetFontFromDialog allows you to easily incorporate a CFontDialog into your application that automatically updates the CAutoFont class. A CFont object, and a reference to the font's color are also passed back (through pointers) to the caller, if desired. The second function, SetDC, sets a HDC reference for the class to use in calls to GetFontFromDialog, and SetFontColor.

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

Share

About the Author

Jamie Nordmeyer
Architect
United States United States
I'm a Software Architect, working for a telecom in Portland, OR. My specialties are C#, Win32 C/C++ programming, Visual Basic (6 and .NET), and ASP(.NET), XML/XSL, and database programming. I'm currently learning F#. Completely different than anything I've ever done, but very cool. I'm married to the most wonderful woman, have a beautiful daughter that I'm very proud of, and a step-son that's rocking in high school. I'm also a 2nd degree blackbelt in Olympic style (WTF) Taekwondo, and have trained in Brazilian Jiujitsu, Jeet Kun Do, Krav Maga.
Follow on   Twitter

Comments and Discussions

 
Questionlicense Pinmemberdoublewaterfish12-Aug-14 23:39 
AnswerRe: license Pinmemberrahulsia8113-Aug-14 17:20 
GeneralRe: license PinmemberJamie Nordmeyer13-Aug-14 17:59 
QuestionLicense PinmemberMember 896106528-May-12 23:05 
The article does not include any specified license, so, can you tell what license should apply?
Is it The Code Project Open License (CPOL)?
 
Thanks
Cornelia
QuestionSetFontColor ?? PinmemberChrisRibe16-Mar-07 8:05 
AnswerRe: SetFontColor ?? Pinmemberviaducting31-Mar-11 1:58 
GeneralUpdate is coming, I promise PinmemberJamie Nordmeyer1-Jan-03 14:52 
GeneralRe: Update is coming, I promise Pinmemberhewat8-Mar-04 5:55 
GeneralExtractFont -- HEADS UP! PinmemberTim Gard28-Sep-02 22:22 
GeneralRe: ExtractFont -- HEADS UP! PinmemberJamie Nordmeyer30-Sep-02 4:52 
GeneralAnother solution ... Pinmembercr9710-Jun-03 21:26 
GeneralSmall typo PinsussAnonymous16-Sep-02 4:15 
GeneralPoint Size PinmemberJonny27-Mar-02 22:23 
QuestionPrinting with the selected font? PinmemberMarcus Fries18-Mar-02 4:29 
AnswerRe: Printing with the selected font? PinmemberTerence Russell30-May-03 19:56 
QuestionHow to get Width Pinmemberlaotong1-Jan-02 15:37 
GeneralPoint size PinmemberAnonymous24-Oct-01 0:38 
GeneralGood work!!! PinmemberRejeesh.T.S1-Aug-01 2:35 
GeneralApply Button PinmemberNB12-Jul-01 23:02 
GeneralStill one of my favourite classes PinsussJason Hattingh7-Aug-00 4:24 
GeneralRe: Still one of my favourite classes PinsussJamie Nordmeyer8-Sep-00 13:52 
GeneralExtension for some standard fonts PinmemberThomas Freudenberg1-Aug-00 0:18 
GeneralJamie, your email account seems to do not exist anymore... PinsussThomas Freudenberg1-Aug-00 0:22 
GeneralRe: Jamie, your email account seems to do not exist anymore... PinsussJamie Nordmeyer8-Sep-00 13:49 
GeneralRe: Extension for some standard fonts PinsussJ8-Sep-00 13:51 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Mobile
Web02 | 2.8.140916.1 | Last Updated 14 Aug 2014
Article Copyright 1999 by Jamie Nordmeyer
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2014
Terms of Service
Layout: fixed | fluid