How do I use a pre-defined CSS style for a programmatically drawn TextField?

Tags: css,flex

Problem :

I have a graphical application that renders text to BitmapData - right now it's hardcoded to use a specific font, and that's fine for testing, but for production I really need it to be style-able.

The rest of the application uses specific fonts, and I want to be able to just use a stylename (the style of the font) to create a TextFormat object to pass to the text sprites embedded TextField object..

So here's the sequence now, roughly:

        var format:TextFormat = new TextFormat();
        format.font = "Arial";
        format.color = 0xFF0000;
        format.size = 12;
        // tf is a previously instantiated TextField()
        tf.defaultTextFormat = format;
        tf.autoSize = TextFieldAutoSize.LEFT;

        tf.text = _text;

Then later, it's simply drawn with:


Now this is nasty, so how do I get a StyleSheet or TextFormat from my apps css definitions? I've looked in the StyleManager, the CSSStyleDeclaration, nothing seems to quite fit. What's the sequence here, anyone?

Solution :

You could try something like the following

If you set something in your CSS file called TextFormat.

var css:CSSStyleDeclaration = StyleManager.getStyleDeclaration("TextFormat")
yourComponent.setStyle("textAlign", getStyle("headerTextAlign"));
yourComponent.setStyle("fontFamily", getStyle("fontFamily"));

This should do what you’re looking for.

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