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Scrolling Text

, 31 Aug 2012 CPOL
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A function to generate an endless collection of scrolling text for your use/amusement.

For situations where you might have a need for text that can scroll, just a little simple toy method that'll allow you to efficiently generate the strings for such.

 public IEnumerable<string> ScrollableText(string text, int charactersToDisplay)
    if (string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(text))
        throw new ArgumentException("Text cannot be null, empty, or whitespace.", "text");
    if (charactersToDisplay < 1)
        throw new ArgumentException("You must specify at least one character to display.", "charactersToDisplay");

    string[] states;
    if (text.Length <= charactersToDisplay)
        states = new string[] { text };
        states = new string[text.Length];

        string sourceString = string.Concat(text, text);
        // Build the different states of the scrolling text.
        for (int i = 0; i < text.Length; ++i)
            states[i] = sourceString.Substring(i, charactersToDisplay);

    int index = 0;
    // Cycle through the different states of the scrolling text, ad nauseum.
    while (true)
        yield return states[index];
        if (++index >= states.Length)
            index = 0;


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