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Manual Reference Pages  -  PS_SHOW_BOXED (3)    

UWE STEINMANN 2003Uwe SteinmannApril 20, 2006;


PS_show_boxed — Output text in a box



#include <pslib.h>

int PS_show_boxed(PSDoc *psdoc, char *text, float left, float bottom, float width, float height, const char *hmode, const char *feature)


Outputs a text in a given box. The lower left corner of the
                 box is at (left, bottom).
                        If the height is set to 0.0 the box will become
                        as tall as needed to contain all the text. If
                        feature is set to blind no
                        text will be output but the is set as usual. This can for example be
                        used to calculate the box height needed to comprise all text or in
                        order to determine how much text fits into a box.

                        Line breaks will be inserted where
                 needed. Multiple spaces are treated as one. Tabulators are treated as
                        spaces. The parameter hmode can be "justify",
                        "fulljustify", "right", "left", or "center". The difference of "justify"
                        and "fulljustify" just affects the last line of the box. In fulljustify
                        mode the last line will be left and right justified unless this is also
                        the last line of paragraph. In justify mode it will always be left

The text will be hyphenated if the parameter
                        "hyphenation" is set to "true" and the parameter "hyphendict" contains
                        a valid filename for a hyphenation file. The line spacing is taken
                        from the value "leading". Paragraphs can be separated by an empty
                        line just like in TeX. If the value "parindent" is set to value > 0.0
                        then the first n lines will be indented. The number of indented lines
                        is set by the parameter "numindentlines". In order to prevent indenting
                        of the first m paragraphs set the value "parindentskip" to a positive


The output of PS_show_boxed can be configured
                 with several parameters and values which must be set with either
                        PS_set_parameter(3) or
                        PS_set_value(3). Beside the parameters and values
                        which affect text output the following parameters and values are
leading (value) Distance between baselines of two consecutive lines.
linebreak (parameter) Set to "true" if you want a carrige return to start a new
                                         line instead of treating it as a space. Defaults to "false".
parbreak (parameter) Set to "true" if you want a carrige return on a single line
                                         to start a new paragraph instead of treating it as a space.
                                                Defaults to "true".
hyphenation (parameter) Set to "true" in order to turn hyphenation on. This requires
                                         a dictionary to be set with the parameter "hyphendict". Defaults
                                                to "false".
hyphendict (parameter) Filename of the dictionary used for hyphenation pattern (see
hyphenminchar (value) The number of chars which must at least be left over before
                                         or after the hyphen. This implies that only words of at least
                                                two times this value will be hyphenated. The default value is
                                                three. Setting a value of zero will result in the default value.
parindent (value) Set the amount of space in pixel for indenting the first
                                         m lines of a paragraph. m can be set with the value
parskip (value) Set the amount of extra space in pixel between paragraphs.
                                         Defaults to 0 which will result in a normal line distance.
numindentlines (value) Number of lines from the start of the paragraph which will
                                         be indented. Defaults to 1.
parindentskip (value) Number of paragraphs in the box whose first lines will
                                         not be indented. This defaults to 0. This is useful for paragraphs
                                                right after a section heading or text being continued in a
                                                second box. In both case one would set this to 1.
linenumbermode (parameter) Set how lines are to be numbered. Possible values are "box"
                                         for numbering lines in the whole box or "paragraph" to number
                                                lines within each paragraph.
linenumberspace (value) The space for the column left of the numbered line containing
                                         the line number. The
                                         line number will be right justified into this column. Defaults
                                                to 20.
linenumbersep (value) The space between the column with line numbers and the
                                         line itself. Defaults to 5.


Text is hyphenated if the parameter "hyphenation" is set to true
                 and a valid hyphenation dictory is set. pslib does not ship its own
                        hyphenation dictionary but uses one from openoffice, scribus or koffice.
                        You can find their dictionaries for different languages in one of the
                        following directories if the software is
                        installed: /usr/share/apps/koffice/hyphdicts/,
                        /usr/lib/scribus/dicts/, or /usr/lib/openoffice/share/dict/ooo/.
                        Currently scribus appears to have the most complete hyphenation


Number of charactes that could not be written. This function will
                 also set the value "boxheight" to the actual height of the box. This
                        enables you to put several boxed beneath each other and keep the propper
                        line spacing.




This manual page was written by Uwe Steinmann <>.

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