Before going to text with mixed styles, we need a better solution to render characters. In this post, I propose an approach based on the Composite pattern that allows an effortless combination of text styles.
Thanks to this new model, we can easily create new combinations of text styles:
The objective is similar to the previous one, except that we want to draw characters from large sets, possibly more than 10,000 characters:
With the previous approach, with 10,000 characters and tiles of 29 per 64 pixels, a tileset uses at least 74MB. Even if we save some memory using tricks (like using a single channel rather than four), it is still large. Furthermore, it is for one size and style: we have to create more tilesets for other sizes and styles (bold, italic, shadowed, etc.).
Thanks to this post’s approach, we can create tilesets that only contain the characters we need for the current frame. It is unlikely that a frame has all the characters of a large set, and in usual cases, it is a tiny subset.
In the example above, the program creates the following tileset:
With the previous program, the size of the window depends on the size of the level, which is problematic when the level is large. In this post, I update the shader programs to get a fast translation of the display. I also add keyboard handling to the facade to let the user changes the view.