08 December 2008

Adobe Text Layout Framework

Adobe has built a very powerful Text Layout Framework for the Flash Player 10. Of course you can use the framework in Flex, as well.

Check out the demo. The features include,
  • Bidirectional text, vertical text and over 30 writing systems including Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Lao, the major writing systems of India, and others.
  • Selection, editing and flowing text across multiple columns and linked containers, and around inline images
  • Vertical text, Tate-Chu-Yoko (horizontal within vertical text) and justifier for East Asian typography
  • Rich typographical controls, including kerning, ligatures, typographic case, digit case, digit width and discretionary hyphens
  • Cut, copy, paste, undo and standard keyboard and mouse gestures for editing
  • Rich developer APIs to manipulate text content, layout, markup and create custom text components.
You can download the beta and play around with it. As you work with the product, please be kind and provide feedback to Adobe at the framework's forum. Thanks.

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