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I am new to direct x and following this tutorial : brayzarsoft (part 14) I was able to display text. However, using this method the text is rendered to a texture.

When you look at games that have chat/consoles, you can select/copy/paste the text. How do they achieve this effect? Is it by using the winapi or do they code the whole system to be able to do this with texture?

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There are very few resource on the web concerning this, but here is what I have been able to get :

WIN32 : You can use win32 controls, but you won't be able to customize the look/feel and will have very limited features

The big studio way : Custom code everything using Os event. Just thinking of a textbox gives me a headache. Displaying. The textbox's background, after each presse key calculate the width in pixel of the char, place it beside the last one and we are not talking about selection/copy/paste yet...

The small team way Use libraries like CEGUI to do this part of your game.

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Most games use an entirely separate system to do this, such as Scaleform, though there are some exceptions.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yea a friend told me that Ubisoft used this for some of their games, but now that flash is dead I don't think it's a good idea to use it for new games. \$\endgroup\$
    – ESD
    Apr 15, 2015 at 13:53

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