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I have a problem with getting the contens of a RichEdit in a special format.

The problem is very simple:The text property of a richedit gives me the plain text. I need a "StyledText"-property that enables me to get and set the text with special codes for beginning and end of bolded, italiced and underlined text.

If "begin bold" is marked as "<B>" and "end bold" the same, I would have the following "StyledText":

"The word <B>fat<B> is marked bold"

I know it's possible to select some text and check selattributes to see if it's bold and then set the codes accordingly. But its too time consuming to check a lot of text that way.  Offcourse should nesting of codes be possible as in:

"<U>The word <B>fat<B> is marked bold<U>",

where the sentence is underlined.

By the way, I'm using Delphi 3.02...
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by:rene100
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hi mickeyE

the only other wea i know is to get the rtf text of the control
(perhaps with exporting it with lines.savetostream) and get the attributes from there
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by:heapster
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Trying to get the delphi native richedit component is flogging a bit of a dead horse in my opinion.  I went through months of work trying to sort out a miniature version of Word in a text object and the best solution in the end was to use a third party component - specifically WPtools by Julian Ziersch is the best on the market.  You can use field codes to tag text and set up all the styles you like using tags/invisible markers/field codes.
The native RichEdit component is lacking in so many departments i simply wouldnt recommend using it.
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by:MickeyE
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I'm sorry I didn't mention that I don't want to use any 3rd party components.
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by:heapster
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So presumably you want the rich text format so you can read/write the attributes more quickly?
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by:MickeyE
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Yes... This "StyledText" property I mention.

I thing that rene100 is right about using the SaveToStream-functionality and write a TConversion-descendant class, that handles the conversion from rtf to "StyledText".... The Delphi documentation is very weak regarding writing such a class. Anyway I'm not really interested in saving the text, just getting it.

I will check this out soon, I just haven't had the time to do it.
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BlackMan earned 300 total points
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Hi MickeyE
I've done such a beast, i'll email to you, it's quite large...
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by:BlackMan
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Hi MickeyE.. I've cut my code down - please reopen the question and i'll post it here
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by:lopem
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Hi BlackMan,

I can't find the code of the styledtext question. Can you send me the code to my account or post it in the expert section?  Thanks a lot in advance.

Manuel López (lopem)
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by:Delphiwizard
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Blackman or MickeyE, can you sent me the code for the styles in richedit too?

Would be of great help to me.

Thanks, Stef
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