Colouring Text

Hi,
    I'm writing an editing program, and need to insert some statements into the memo in colour. The thing is, I want the file to be saved as a simple text file and just to have the colour appearing at run time. Is this possible?
Cheers
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ZifNabCommented:
Hi PiersBull,

What about this? Display the text in a TRichEdit. If you want to save it, save it as a TMemo?

Regards, Zif.
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PiersBullAuthor Commented:
Tom,
    Hi, it's me again. (Mr. LaTeX!, under a different user name). Does a TRichEdit give the same functionality as a TMemo? Will it give me any hassle with the program as it is?
Cheers, Nik
 
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ZifNabCommented:
Hi Mr. LaTex!

To tell you the truth, I never use a TRichEdit, for what I now is that they are the same, except in TRichEdit you can give the characters some other look. I mean, some bold, soem italic, some coloured...
But maybe you can find out more in the properties of these two.
Regards,Tom.
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wy2lamCommented:
You can use TRichEdit to save as plain text of couse, since it "inherits" everything from TMemo (if you want to know why I quoted "inherits", take a look at the help file :-)

However, they are not the same.  First of all, all your users must have the correct version of richedit32.dll (with possible typo, but there should be a file similar with this name) in order to use your RichEdit-enabled application.  Plus, your app will take more resource than if you just use TMemo.

However, Richedit primarily have the advantages of
1. unlimited text length and
2. customizable font

So a solution is to use 3rd-party controls, derive your own, call API to change text attributes with TMemo, or just use a TControlCanvas.

Happy Experimenting !  Michael
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