Chapter 7 Text
Text in Multimedia • Text is used in multimedia projects • in many ways: • Web pages • Video • Computer-based training • Presentations
More Uses for Text in Multimedia • Text is also used in multimedia projects in these ways. • Games rely on text for rules, “chat,” character descriptions, dialog, background story, and many more elements. • Educational games rely on text for content, directions, feedback, and information. • Kiosks use text to display information, directions, and descriptions.
Formatting Text • Formatting text controls the way the text looks. You can choose: • Fonts • Text sizes and colors • Text alignment • Text spacing: line spacing or spacing between individual characters • Advanced formatting: outlining, shadow, superscript, subscript, watermarks, embossing, engraving, or animation • Text wraps
Font Technologies • Understanding font technologies can be important when creating multimedia projects. The most popular font technologies are: • Scalable fonts: Postscript, TrueType, and OpenType • Bitmap fonts which are not scalable but provide more control over the appearance of text.
Guidelines for Using Fonts • Avoid using many varying font styles in the same project. • When possible, use fonts that come with both Windows and Mac OS. • Use bitmap fonts on critical areas such as buttons, titles, or headlines.
More Tips for Using Fonts • Use fancy or whimsical fonts sparingly for special effects or emphasis. • Keep paragraphs and line lengths short. • Use bold, italic, and underlining options sparingly for emphasis.
More Guidelines for Using Fonts • Avoid using text in all uppercase letters. • Use font, style options, size, and color consistently. • Provide adequate contrast between text and background when choosing colors. • Always check spelling and grammar.
Formatting for Screen Display • Apply these guidelines to multimedia applications for display rather than to printed documents. • Test your presentation on monitors in several sizes. • Avoid patterned backgrounds. • Use small amounts of text on each screen display. • Text for a presentation that will be viewed by a large group of people must be visible from the back of the room. • For interactive displays, use consistent placement of hypertext links.