Chapter 6. Text

A picture is worth 10K words - but only those to describe the picture. Hardly any sets of 10K words can be adequately described with pictures.

Alan Perlis

1. Introduction

User interfaces can rely on textures to represent actions, but there are cases where you need to convey an idea using words.

Clutter provides an actor that allows displaying and editing arbitrary text, called ClutterText. A ClutterText actor can be positioned like any other actor; its preferred size is determined by its contents, as well as the font family and size used to render those contents.