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From mike <m...@michaelmcgrady.com>
Subject Re: [Image] New Button Tag and Text Tag with HTML rendering capability
Date Thu, 17 Jun 2004 18:34:02 GMT
Hello, Abey,

I was getting a page not available error, but have now seen your work. Very 
nice.  I think there is too much antialiazing, however.  I have 
experimented with trying to get a better "look" to the printing, and think 
I have succeeded.  Assuming my laptop is running, the URL has a demonstration.  The images 
named "mable", "submit" and "yahoo" are made with the code changes, and the 
"myButton2", "myButton3", "myButton4" and "myButton5" are from your 
classes.  I stole most of the code and am still "fitzing" about with it.  I 
first read/load any GIF and resize it to the text I am going to use 
(ButtonFactory.resize()) and make it transparent, writing it with whatever 
name I want.  Then, I read the new GIF and add the new text.  I think some 
of the (int) casts may be affecting the quality of the letters in your 
code.  I admit, however, that my knowledge is really, really, scanty and I 
may be full of blarney on everything.

If you would like to see the code, how do I get it to the people on the list?


At 10:50 AM 6/17/2004, Abey Mullassery wrote:

>I thought of writing a tag to create Buttons because a lot of people 
>require this functionality (to create text buttons in different languages) 
>and I keep on explaining how to do it with a combination of the basic 
>image tags. I did not add this tag to the Image Taglib because I thought 
>it was best if the lib just had a set of basic operations leaving the more 
>complex transformations that are just a combination of these basic ones to 
>the user (or maybe maintain it outside separately for those who need it). 
>However since a lot of people had been asking for it, I am thinking of 
>adding a button tag too. Later we could remove it if we feel that it does 
>not belong here.
>The button tag is basically the "text" (text overlay) tag and the crop tag 
>combined. But the boundaries may have to be calculated based on the width 
>of the text printed. I also thought that it was time to upgrade the Text 
>tag to support multilined text. The text overlay is the first operation 
>for the button tag. Ideally it required some more formatting options than 
>just specifying a font and color. Thats why I thought it was best to add 
>HTML rendering capability to the Text and Button Tags.
>See an example here 
>The HTML (poem) is overlaid on the image. This was rendered on the image 
>using the classes in the JDK.
>The text tag with HTML rendering capability can also take a URL and render 
>a "screenshot" of the page as an image.
>I wanted to know your opinion about this feature and the best HTML 
>rendering package to use for it. Also is the button tag required in the taglib?
>Abey Mullassery
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