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Posted 19 Nov 1999

Automatic Font Handling Class

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A class to make working with LOGFONTs easier

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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");

    CFont *oldFont=dc.SelectObject(&autofont);
    dc.TextOut(100,100,"Hello World!");

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.


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.


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


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Jamie Nordmeyer
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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.

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AnswerRe: license Pin
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The article does not include any specified license, so, can you tell what license should apply?
Is it The Code Project Open License (CPOL)?

QuestionSetFontColor ?? Pin
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GeneralRe: Update is coming, I promise Pin
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GeneralExtractFont -- HEADS UP! Pin
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GeneralRe: ExtractFont -- HEADS UP! Pin
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GeneralAnother solution ... Pin
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QuestionPrinting with the selected font? Pin
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GeneralStill one of my favourite classes Pin
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GeneralRe: Still one of my favourite classes Pin
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GeneralExtension for some standard fonts Pin
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