Text input/output in DirectX

Hi all,
What I want to do is input and output some text to a fullscreen DirectX application.  Now, I'm not looking for miracles here, but I know there has to be a way to do this without too much pain - I'd hate to have to go convert a font from its font format into individual graphic files for each letter of the alphabet.  I know there has to be a way to drawtext to the DirectX screen, or background buffer - but I haven't found any reference for it, and I've assumed since using DirectX bypasses the normal Windows paint method that I couldn't use textout.

I want to use some standard system font (ie: Arial) and display it on my screen for things like score counters, highscore lists, etc.

I know there has to be a way to do it.  Diablo does it in their multiplayer chat, and draws text during the game using their own font (which I do believe is a font, and not a set of graphic images).  

Any and all help would be appreciated.
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Tommy HuiEngineerCommented:
Actually, a DirectX program can use GDI functions. The only draw back is that it is slower. However, there's nothing preventing you from doing that.

Once you have a surface, you can use GetDC() to retrieve the device context. Then you can use any of the GDI functions on that device context.
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