Chapter 7 Text 7 Text in Multimedia Text is used in multimedia projects in many ways: Web pages Video Computer-based training Presentations 7 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. 7 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 7 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. 7 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. 7 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. 7 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. 7 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.