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Hi, I am using a bunch of code I found in a different thread on these forums (that I seem to have lost track of) attempting to render text with openGL and SDL. I've been staring at it for who knows how long and I can't figure out what I'm missing. Nothing at all is drawn. Thanks very much for any pointers. The code to load a font.
void openFont()
  string fontPath = "Fonts/" + m_sFontName + ".ttf";
  m_font = TTF_OpenFont(fontPath.c_str(), m_nPtSize);

      cerr<<"Could not open font '"<<m_sFontName<<"': "<<TTF_GetError()<<endl;
      // Exit? Log?
}//END openFont

The code to load the texture.
GLuint loadTexture(SDL_Surface* surface)
  GLuint texture = NULL;
      glGenTextures(1, &texture);
      glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, texture);
      glTexImage2D(GL_TEXTURE_2D, 0, 4, surface->w, surface->h, 0,
		   GL_BGRA, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, surface->pixels);
      // Again using linear filtered textures for now
  else // Handle null surface* as param
    cerr<<"The surface pointer passed into loadTexture is null.\n";
  return texture;
}//END loadTexture (SDL_Surface*)

The code to render the text.
void render()


  SDL_Surface* initialTxtImg = TTF_RenderText_Blended(m_font, m_sText.c_str(), m_fg);
      cerr<<"Could not render: "<<m_sText<<" because: "<<TTF_GetError()<<endl;

  m_nWidth = nextPowerOfTwo(initialTxtImg->w);
  m_nHeight = nextPowerOfTwo(initialTxtImg->h);
  m_txtImg = SDL_CreateRGBSurface(0, m_nWidth, m_nHeight, 32, 
						    0x00ff0000, 0x0000ff00,
						    0x000000ff, 0xff000000);
      cerr<<"Could not render intermediate text image: "<<TTF_GetError()<<endl;


  SDL_BlitSurface(initialTxtImg, 0, m_txtImg, 0);
  m_nTexture = loadTexture(m_txtImg);
}//END render

The code to draw the rendered image.
void draw()
  glBindTexture(GL_TEXTURE_2D, m_nTexture);


  glNormal3f(0.0f, 0.0f, 1.0f);// Normal facing us

  // Loop through verts.
  for(int i = 0; i < 4; i++)
      glTexCoord2f(m_texCoords[i].x, m_texCoords[i].y);
      glVertex3f(m_verts[i].x, m_verts[i].y, m_verts[i].z);
}//END draw

The loop actually calling the draw function.
void execGameLoop()
  SDL_Event e;

  Sprite glass(75, 75, 200, 300, "Graphics/Glass.bmp");
  SDL_Color fg = {150, 150, 150};

  DrawableString testString("Hello", "AbductionIII", 12, fg, 500, 500);




}//END drawScene


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Little off topic but I would probably work a little on cleaning up some of the names in your code. For example, you've got a function called draw() and another called render(). What's the difference?

On to your dilemma. I haven't used SDL_ttf too extensively so I can't be of too much aid on why the text isn't drawing, but I can say that from the looks of it, it's probably a setting. Are you rendering to the correct, visible coordinates? Does m_fg contain a 4 floating point values and is the alpha component at least 0.1? Little things like that are usually a good place to start. Another thing I noticed is that you don't have any calls to glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D). Without that you won't render whatever texture you have loaded in your loadTexture function.

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Thanks for the response - I can see how that would be confusing and I'll clean it up.

I am quite sure I'm rendering to the proper coordinates because I can render a regular texture based off of a bmp or png just fine to the same location.

m_fg is currently just {0xFF, 0xFF, 0xFF} which should be white text on a black background. I don't give it an alpha value.

I make the call to glEnable(GL_TEXTURE_2D) much earlier and like I said I can render normal textures based on bmp's or png's without issue so I don't think thats the problem


Thanks again for the response.

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