Plugins that have the capability flag
HWPLUG_CAPS_FONT set will be called
whenever Hollywood opens a font. The plugin can check then whether the font
is in a format that the plugin recognizes and if it is, it can open the font and
take over the handling. This makes it possible to load custom font formats with Hollywood.
Font plugins aren't limited to providing loaders for new font formats but they
can also take over Hollywood's text engine completely by providing their own layout
mechanism. This is done by setting the
HWFONTFLAGS_LAYOUT flag in the plugin's LoadFont()
implementation. By default, Hollywood's font layouter is used also for fonts loaded
by plugins which means that Hollywood will take care of handling word-wrapping, kerning,
justification, alignment, text formatting codes and so on. This means that your plugin
just needs to deliver the glyph extents and bitmaps and Hollywood will do the rest.
If your plugin wants to do its own layouting, though, it can set the
flag. In that case, Hollywood's layouter won't be used at all and your plugin can process
the text layout on its own.
By default, font plugins are automatically activated when Hollywood loads them. This
behaviour can be changed by setting the
HWEXT_FONT_NOAUTOINIT extension bit. If this
bit is set, Hollywood will not automatically activate your plugin at load time. Instead,
you will have to manually call hw_AddLoaderAdapter()
to activate your plugin. For example, you could call hw_AddLoaderAdapter()
from your RequirePlugin() implementation. In that case, the font
plugin would only be activated if the user called
@REQUIRE on it. If you do not
call hw_AddLoaderAdapter() on a plugin that has auto-initialization
disabled, it will only be available if the user addresses it directly through the
See Extension plugins to learn how to use plugin extension bits.
This plugin type is supported since Hollywood 10.0.