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OpenGL Displaying text with OpenGL and SDL

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TutenStain    122
I have yet another question for you guys :) How do I display text using OpenGL and SDL? I have tried Nehes tutorials and it worked but it is using the windows API for creating a window which I don't want. I have tried to change it to SDL but then it wont display anything. Any good tutorials or link how to display text? Thanks again.

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beun    160
If you don't want/have to use TrueTypeFont-files, you could always use Texture Mapped Fonts like in Nehe's Lesson 17. With texture mapped fonts, you don't need Windows to create a font. Basically, you have 1 texture-file (something like this) containing all the letters you want to draw. Then you can print a letter by just drawing a quad with the texture coordinates of that letter in the texture. This way, you can easily anti-alias texts, make it glow etc. by just changing the texture, and you can use any symbols you want by just drawing them in the texture.

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