[Sw-l] Styling a sign with color and size

Stephen E Slevinski Jr slevin at SIGNPUDDLE.NET
Wed Sep 2 17:34:31 UTC 2015

Hi SignWriting list,

Recently, I had the chance to talk with Jonathan Duncan (SignWriter 
Studio) about several issues.  One issue he mentioned was size and color 
within a sign.  It started me thinking, and I made a few improvements to 
SignMaker and the SignWriting 2010 Javascript library.

I added padding, background color, and the colorize option.  Here is the 
sign for SignWriting with a padding of 10, a background of "lightblue", 
and the colorized option selected.  These options are now available in 
SignMaker on both the PNG and SVG tabs.

For programmers and power-users, I have created a new type of string, 
called the styling string.  The styling string succinctly describes 
styling for the entire sign and for individual symbols.

The styling string for the above is: -CP10G(lightblue)
* C for colorize
* P10 for a padding of 10
* G(lightblue) for a background color of lightblue

You can use the styling string in SignMaker on the PNG or SVG tabs.

You can also use the styling string on the SignWriting 2010 Javascript 
library API page.

For the FSW, enter the sign string with the styling string at the end. 
For example:

For the individual symbols within a sign, you can set the color and size 
using a styling string.  This is not yet supported through the user 
interface of SignMaker, except through the styling string.

Here are 3 examples were individual symbols have been doubled in size.

The styling string is definitely not a plain text concept, but it is 
useful.  I've put a presentation together about the concepts with some 




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