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Use 'Outline' font style in Cocoa apps System
I was reading a bunch of Mac sites (this one included, of course!), and one comment struck me: the fact that the "Outline" style for font formatting has disappeared since the advent of OS X. I just tried in a bunch of Cocoa applications (Pages, Mail, TextEdit, etc.), and sure enough, it is possible to select text and change it to outline. To do so, simply control-click (or right-click, if you've got a two-button mouse ... hey, Apple, isn't it about time?) on the selected text, and choose Outline from the Font sub-menu.

Strangely enough, this function is not available from the Font panel (i.e., the panel you bring up with Command-T). I would say it's yet another idiosyncrasy in the Apple Human Interace Guidelines.

[robg adds: Yes, it's a hint on a pop-up menu. Since I hadn't realized that Outline was hiding there, and not in the Font panel, I would guess others have missed it as well ... or I'm just really slow!]
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Use 'Outline' font style in Cocoa apps
Authored by: vgz on Feb 10, '05 11:46:14AM

Outline also shows up in the "Font" submenu of the "Format" menu in apps that have that menu (such as TextEdit).

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VGZ:
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10.3 only?
Authored by: imacusr on Feb 10, '05 02:52:22PM

This doesn't seem to be available in 10.2.8, either through the contextual menu or the Format->Font menu.



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10.3 only?
Authored by: adams4 on Feb 11, '05 09:48:45AM
I would be willing to bet it's related to Quartz Extreme and perhaps also with WebCore. It's probably also the same thing that lets Safari support the textshadow CSS2 property...and for that matter, for any Cocoa app to use text shadowing (it's the rightmost set of controls in the Font panel).

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