CopperSpice API  1.8.1
QFontMetrics Class Reference

The QFontMetrics class provides font metrics information. More...

## Public Methods

QFontMetrics (const QFont &font)

QFontMetrics (const QFont &font, QPaintDevice *paintDevice)

QFontMetrics (const QFontMetrics &other)

~QFontMetrics ()

int ascent () const

int averageCharWidth () const

QRect boundingRect (const QRect &rect, int flags, const QString &text, int tabStops=0, int *tabArray=nullptr) const

QRect boundingRect (const QString &text) const

QRect boundingRect (int x, int y, int width, int height, int flags, const QString &text, int tabStops=0, int *tabArray=nullptr) const

QRect boundingRect (QChar ch) const

int descent () const

QString elidedText (const QString &text, Qt::TextElideMode mode, int width, int flags=0) const

int height () const

bool inFont (QChar ch) const

bool inFontUcs4 (char32_t ch) const

int leftBearing (QChar ch) const

int lineSpacing () const

int lineWidth () const

int maxWidth () const

int minLeftBearing () const

int minRightBearing () const

bool operator!= (const QFontMetrics &other) const

QFontMetrics & operator= (const QFontMetrics &other)

QFontMetrics & operator= (QFontMetrics &&other)

bool operator== (const QFontMetrics &other) const

int overlinePos () const

int rightBearing (QChar ch) const

QSize size (int flags, const QString &text, int tabStops=0, int *tabArray=nullptr) const

int strikeOutPos () const

void swap (QFontMetrics &other)

QRect tightBoundingRect (const QString &text) const

int underlinePos () const

int width (const QString &text, int len, int flags) const

int width (const QString &text, int len=-1) const

int width (QChar ch) const

int xHeight () const

## Friends

class QFontMetricsF

## Detailed Description

The QFontMetrics class provides font metrics information. The functions calculate the size of characters and strings for a given font. There are three ways you can create a QFontMetrics object.

1. Calling the QFontMetrics constructor with a QFont creates a font metrics object for a screen-compatible font, i.e. the font can not be a printer font. If the font is changed later, the font metrics object is not updated.(Note: If you use a printer font the values returned may be inaccurate. Printer fonts are not always accessible so the nearest screen font is used if a printer font is supplied.)
2. QWidget::fontMetrics() returns the font metrics for a widget's font. This is equivalent to QFontMetrics(widget->font()). If the widget's font is changed later, the font metrics object is not updated.
3. QPainter::fontMetrics() returns the font metrics for a painter's current font. If the painter's font is changed later, the font metrics object is not updated.

Once created, the object provides functions to access the individual metrics of the font, its characters, and for strings rendered in the font.

There are several functions that operate on the font: ascent(), descent(), height(), leading() and lineSpacing() return the basic size properties of the font. The underlinePos(), overlinePos(), strikeOutPos() and lineWidth() functions, return the properties of the line that underlines, overlines or strikes out the characters. These functions are all fast.

There are also some functions that operate on the set of glyphs in the font: minLeftBearing(), minRightBearing() and maxWidth(). These are by necessity slow, and we recommend avoiding them if possible.

For each character, you can get its width(), leftBearing() and rightBearing() and find out whether it is in the font using inFont(). You can also treat the character as a string, and use the string functions on it.

The string functions include width(), to return the width of a string in pixels (or points, for a printer), boundingRect(), to return a rectangle large enough to contain the rendered string, and size(), to return the size of that rectangle.

QFont font("times", 24);
QFontMetrics fm(font);
int pixelsWide = fm.width("What is the width of this text?");
int pixelsHigh = fm.height();
QFont, QFontInfo, QFontDatabase, QFontComboBox

## Constructor & Destructor Documentation

 QFontMetrics::QFontMetrics ( const QFont & font )
explicit

Constructs a font metrics object for font.

The font metrics will be compatible with the paintdevice used to create font. The font metrics object holds the information for the font that is passed in the constructor at the time it is created, and is not updated if the font's attributes are changed later.

Use QFontMetrics(const QFont &, QPaintDevice *) to get the font metrics that are compatible with a certain paint device.

 QFontMetrics::QFontMetrics ( const QFont & font, QPaintDevice * paintDevice )

Constructs a font metrics object for font and paintDevice.

The font metrics will be compatible with the paintdevice passed. If the paintdevice is 0, the metrics will be screen-compatible, ie. the metrics you get if you use the font for drawing text on a widgets or pixmaps, not on a QPicture or QPrinter.

The font metrics object holds the information for the font that is passed in the constructor at the time it is created, and is not updated if the font's attributes are changed later.

 QFontMetrics::QFontMetrics ( const QFontMetrics & other )

Copy constructs a new QFontMetrics from other.

 QFontMetrics::~QFontMetrics ( )

Destroys the font metrics object and frees all allocated resources.

## Method Documentation

 int QFontMetrics::ascent ( ) const

Returns the ascent of the font.

The ascent of a font is the distance from the baseline to the highest position characters extend to. In practice, some font designers break this rule, e.g. when they put more than one accent on top of a character, or to accommodate an unusual character in an exotic language, so it is possible (though rare) that this value will be too small.

descent()
 int QFontMetrics::averageCharWidth ( ) const

Returns the average width of glyphs in the font.

 QRect QFontMetrics::boundingRect ( const QRect & rect, int flags, const QString & text, int tabStops = 0, int * tabArray = nullptr ) const

Returns the bounding rectangle of the characters in the string specified by text, which is the set of pixels the text would cover if drawn at (0, 0). The drawing, and hence the bounding rectangle, is constrained to the rectangle rect.

The flags argument is the bitwise OR of the following flags. The following values are part of the enum Qt::AlignmentFlag.

 Qt::AlignLeft aligns to the left border, except for Arabic and Hebrew where it aligns to the right Qt::AlignRight aligns to the right border, except for Arabic and Hebrew where it aligns to the left Qt::AlignJustify produces justified text Qt::AlignHCenter aligns horizontally centered Qt::AlignTop aligns to the top border Qt::AlignBottom aligns to the bottom border Qt::AlignVCenter aligns vertically centered Qt::AlignCenter same as the combination of Qt::AlignHCenter | Qt::AlignVCenter Qt::TextSingleLine ignores newline characters in the text Qt::TextExpandTabs

Qt::Horizontal alignment defaults to Qt::AlignLeft and vertical alignment defaults to Qt::AlignTop.

If several of the horizontal or several of the vertical alignment flags are set, the resulting alignment is undefined.

If Qt::TextExpandTabs is set in flags, then: if tabArray is non-null, it specifies a 0-terminated sequence of pixel-positions for tabs, otherwise if tabStops is non-zero, it is used as the tab spacing (in pixels).

Note that the bounding rectangle may extend to the left of (0, 0) for italicized fonts, and the text output may cover all pixels in the bounding rectangle.

Newline characters are processed as linebreaks.

Despite the different actual character heights, the heights of the bounding rectangles of "Yes" and "yes" are the same.

The bounding rectangle returned by this function is somewhat larger than that calculated by the simpler boundingRect() function. This function uses the maximum left and right font bearings as is necessary for multi-line text to align correctly. Also, height() and lineSpacing() are used to calculate the height, rather than individual character heights.

width(), QPainter::boundingRect(), Qt::Alignment
 QRect QFontMetrics::boundingRect ( const QString & text ) const

Returns the bounding rectangle of the characters in the string specified by text. The bounding rectangle always covers at least the set of pixels the text would cover if drawn at (0, 0). The bounding rectangle may extend to the left of (0, 0), e.g. for italicized fonts, and that the width of the returned rectangle might be different than what the width() method returns.

If you want to know the advance width of the string (to layout a set of strings next to each other), use width() instead.

Newline characters are processed as normal characters, not as linebreaks.

The height of the bounding rectangle is at least as large as the value returned by height().

width(), height(), QPainter::boundingRect(), tightBoundingRect()
 QRect QFontMetrics::boundingRect ( int x, int y, int width, int height, int flags, const QString & text, int tabStops = 0, int * tabArray = nullptr ) const
inline

Returns the bounding rectangle for the given text within the rectangle specified by the x and y coordinates, width, and height.

If Qt::TextExpandTabs is set in flags and tabArray is non-null, it specifies a 0-terminated sequence of pixel-positions for tabs, otherwise if tabStops is non-zero, it is used as the tab spacing (in pixels).

 QRect QFontMetrics::boundingRect ( QChar ch ) const

Returns the rectangle that is covered by ink if character ch were to be drawn at the origin of the coordinate system.

Note that the bounding rectangle may extend to the left of (0, 0) (e.g., for italicized fonts), and that the text output may cover all pixels in the bounding rectangle. For a space character the rectangle will usually be empty.

Note that the rectangle usually extends both above and below the base line.

Warning
The width of the returned rectangle is not the advance width of the character. Use boundingRect(const QString &) or width() instead.
width()
 int QFontMetrics::descent ( ) const

Returns the descent of the font.

The descent is the distance from the base line to the lowest point characters extend to. In practice, some font designers break this rule, e.g. to accommodate an unusual character in an exotic language, so it is possible (though rare) that this value will be too small.

ascent()
 QString QFontMetrics::elidedText ( const QString & text, Qt::TextElideMode mode, int width, int flags = 0 ) const

If the text is wider than width, this methods will return an elided version of the string with some of the text replaced with "...". Otherwise, the method returns the original string.

The mode parameter specifies whether the text is elided on the left, in the middle, or on the right. The width is specified in pixels, not characters. The flags argument is optional and currently only supports Qt::TextShowMnemonic as value.

The ellipsis will follow the layout direction it will be on the right side of the text for right-to-left layouts, and on the left side for right-to-left layouts. Note that this behavior is independent of the text language.

 int QFontMetrics::height ( ) const

Returns the height of the font. This is always equal to ascent()+descent()+1 (the 1 is for the base line).

 bool QFontMetrics::inFont ( QChar ch ) const

Returns true if character ch is a valid character in the font, otherwise returns false.

 bool QFontMetrics::inFontUcs4 ( char32_t ch ) const

Returns true if the given code point ch is a valid character in the font, otherwise returns false.

Returns the leading of the font.

This is the natural inter-line spacing.

height(), lineSpacing()
 int QFontMetrics::leftBearing ( QChar ch ) const

Returns the left bearing of character ch in the font.

The left bearing is the right-ward distance of the left-most pixel of the character from the logical origin of the character. This value is negative if the pixels of the character extend to the left of the logical origin.

See width(QChar) for a graphical description of this metric.

rightBearing(), minLeftBearing(), width()
 int QFontMetrics::lineSpacing ( ) const

Returns the distance from one base line to the next.

This value is always equal to leading()+height().

 int QFontMetrics::lineWidth ( ) const

Returns the width of the underline and strikeout lines, adjusted for the point size of the font.

underlinePos(), overlinePos(), strikeOutPos()
 int QFontMetrics::maxWidth ( ) const

Returns the width of the widest character in the font.

 int QFontMetrics::minLeftBearing ( ) const

Returns the minimum left bearing of the font.

This is the smallest leftBearing(char) of all characters in the font.

Note that this function can be very slow if the font is large.

minRightBearing(), leftBearing()
 int QFontMetrics::minRightBearing ( ) const

Returns the minimum right bearing of the font. This is the smallest rightBearing(char) of all characters in the font. Fhis function can be very slow if the font is large.

minLeftBearing(), rightBearing()
 bool QFontMetrics::operator!= ( const QFontMetrics & other ) const
inline

Returns true if other is not equal to this object, otherwise returns false.

Two font metrics are considered equal if they were constructed from the same QFont and the paint devices they were constructed for are considered compatible.

operator==()
 QFontMetrics & QFontMetrics::operator= ( const QFontMetrics & other )

Copy assigns from other and returns a reference to this object.

 QFontMetrics & QFontMetrics::operator= ( QFontMetrics && other )
inline

Move assigns from other and returns a reference to this object.

 bool QFontMetrics::operator== ( const QFontMetrics & other ) const

Returns true if other is equal to this object, otherwise returns false.

Two font metrics are considered equal if they were constructed from the same QFont and the paint devices they were constructed for are considered compatible.

operator!=()
 int QFontMetrics::overlinePos ( ) const

Returns the distance from the base line to where an overline should be drawn.

underlinePos(), strikeOutPos(), lineWidth()
 int QFontMetrics::rightBearing ( QChar ch ) const

Returns the right bearing of character ch in the font.

The right bearing is the left-ward distance of the right-most pixel of the character from the logical origin of a subsequent character. This value is negative if the pixels of the character extend to the right of the width() of the character.

Refer to width() for a graphical description of this metric.

leftBearing(), minRightBearing(), width()
 QSize QFontMetrics::size ( int flags, const QString & text, int tabStops = 0, int * tabArray = nullptr ) const

Returns the size in pixels of text. The flags argument is the bitwise OR of the following flags.

• Qt::TextSingleLine ignores newline characters.
• Qt::TextExpandTabs expands tabs (see below)
• Qt::TextShowMnemonic interprets "&x" as x (underline)
• Qt::TextWordBreak breaks the text to fit the rectangle.

If Qt::TextExpandTabs is set in flags, then: if tabArray is non-null, it specifies a 0-terminated sequence of pixel-positions for tabs, otherwise if tabStops is non-zero, it is used as the tab spacing (in pixels).

Newline characters are processed as linebreaks.

Despite the different actual character heights, the heights of the bounding rectangles of "Yes" and "yes" are the same.

boundingRect()
 int QFontMetrics::strikeOutPos ( ) const

Returns the distance from the base line to where the strikeout line should be drawn.

underlinePos(), overlinePos(), lineWidth()
 void QFontMetrics::swap ( QFontMetrics & other )
inline

Swaps the font metric other with this font metric. This operation is very fast and never fails.

 QRect QFontMetrics::tightBoundingRect ( const QString & text ) const

Returns a tight bounding rectangle around the characters in the string specified by text. The bounding rectangle always covers at least the set of pixels the text would cover if drawn at (0, 0).

Note that the bounding rectangle may extend to the left of (0, 0), e.g. for italicized fonts, and that the width of the returned rectangle might be different than what the width() method returns.

If you want to know the advance width of the string (to layout a set of strings next to each other), use width() instead.

Newline characters are processed as normal characters, not as linebreaks.

Warning
Calling this method is very slow on Windows.
width(), height(), boundingRect()
 int QFontMetrics::underlinePos ( ) const

Returns the distance from the base line to where an underscore should be drawn.

overlinePos(), strikeOutPos(), lineWidth()
 int QFontMetrics::width ( const QString & text, int len, int flags ) const

Returns the width in pixels of the first len characters of the given text. If len is negative (the default), the entire string is used.

The return value will not be equal to boundingRect().width(). The boundingRect() returns a rectangle describing the pixels this string will cover whereas width() returns the distance to where the next string should be drawn.

 int QFontMetrics::width ( const QString & text, int len = -1 ) const

Returns the width in pixels of the first len characters of text. If len is negative (the default), the entire string is used.

Note that this value is not equal to boundingRect().width(); boundingRect() returns a rectangle describing the pixels this string will cover whereas width() returns the distance to where the next string should be drawn.

boundingRect()
 int QFontMetrics::width ( QChar ch ) const

Returns the logical width of character ch in pixels. This is a distance appropriate for drawing a subsequent character after ch.

Some of the metrics are described in the image to the right. The central dark rectangles cover the logical width() of each character. The outer pale rectangles cover the leftBearing() and rightBearing() of each character. Notice that the bearings of "f" in this particular font are both negative, while the bearings of "o" are both positive.

Warning
This function will produce incorrect results for Arabic characters or non-spacing marks in the middle of a string, as the glyph shaping and positioning of marks that happens when processing strings can not be taken into account. When implementing an interactive text control, use QTextLayout instead.