Re: CDC:TextOut and Plus or Minus Sign

 PeterOut <>
Wed, 13 Jun 2007 07:56:22 -0700
On May 18, 11:34 pm, Joseph M. Newcomer <> wrote:

First, I have no idea what 177 is. I'd simply use _T('=B1') which is pre=

tty easy to insert

(you can use Character Map, select the =B1 character, copy to clipboard, =

and paste.

What the debugger tells you is irrelevant here. What matters is what cha=

racter is in the

font you are using. Normally you would find MS Sans Serif being used for=

 most controls

(and the dialog that contains them), and it, too, has a =B1 character. S=

o you need to tell

us what font you are using.

And why are you using some horrendously obsolete and dangerous function l=

ike sprintf?

Consider this dead technology, and to be used only in the most exotic and=

 rare conditions

imaginable, of which this is not one. Note also that you should be think=

ing of 'char' as

a hopelessly obsolete data type, and its existence should be ignored exce=

pt in some

moderately rare situations. Use TCHAR, and make sure all literals are en=

closed in _T().

All 8-bit string character operations should be replaced with Unicode-awa=

re functions as

in tchar.h.

CString Text;
Text.Format(_T("%s (=B1%f %s)"), csLabel, fError, csUnits);

Then, since you are using a CString, you can write

dc.TextOut(pWindowPoint.x, pWindowPoint.y, csText);

(you don't need the int casts if pWindowPoint.x is already an int. And w=

hy are you

calling it pWindowPoint and using . to access the field? p-anything mean=

s it is a

pointer, and this suggests that you would want to write pWindowPoint->x.=

  Do not use

Hungarian Notation if you use it incorrectly)

There is no need to put 177 anywhere. If you feel compelled to do this, =

you should write

#define CHAR_PLUS_MINUS 177

instead of just pllugging in this random value in various places.

So you need to figure out what font you are using, and then you can use c=

haracter map to

see if it has a =B1 character in it. If it doesn't have it, use a differ=

ent font.

One way to discover this is to do

#ifdef _DEBUG
 CFont * f = dc.GetCurrentFont();
 TRACE(_T("The font is %s\n"), lf.lfFaceName);}



On 18 May 2007 14:34:54 -0700, PeterOut <> wrote:

I am using MSVC 7.1.3088 on MS XP 5.1 service pack 2.

I am trying to write the plaus or misu sign to a display window using
CDC:TextOut. I can write the symbol to a character buffer using
sprintf(csText, "%s (%c%f %s)", csLabel, 177, fError, csUnits);
which gives me
"Elevation (=B17.926902 Meters)" in csText.
However, when I try to write it to the window using
TextOut(DeviceContext, (int)(pWindowPoint.x), (int)(pWindowPoint.y),
(LPCTSTR)csText, (int)stStringlength);
I get a rectangle where the =B1 (plus or minus) sign should be.

Is there a way I can write the PM sign to the window? I would like my
text to run vertically.

Many thanks in advance,

Joseph M. Newcomer [MVP]
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Many thanks for your help and sorry for my tardy reply. I guess this
necessitates MFC. I have been trying to do this inside a class that
is called by my MFC-using code but does not actually use MFC.


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