Roger,

Are you using the actual AFP tool or are you using external print files
creating a *AFPDS spooled file, and using all the different fonts and
keywords?
Either way, my experience is with *AFPDS printer files.

Note that a *SCS spooled file (the default) has a HIGHLIGHT keyword for
"bold". Very simple and no parameters.
A PAD01 50 6 HIGHLIGHT

I prefer printing by position rather than line spacing so that I can change
font or attributes within a line (pardon the paste of code, my email client
will not let me set a font on a reply..).
You can change font and/or size on each field
2304 is normal helvetica, 2305 is bold
A R NCCOPIE8 FONT(2304 (*POINTSIZE 6.7))
A @NCUNDER 80 POSITION(9.05 2.50)
A @NCCUC# 35 POSITION(9.50 1.10)
A @NC01DE 35 POSITION(9.50 5.30)
A FONT(2305
(*POINTSIZE 9))

Or control the location by values in the program (x and y coordinates)
A R $PRT03 FONT(2305 (*POINTSIZE 14))
A @3TEXT 80 POSITION(&D1Y &D1X)
A D1Y 5S 3P
A D1X 5S 3P

So you could print the long line in one font, then position a field in a
different font within same line. It gets tricky if you are trying to make a
word processor out of this, like bolding single variable length words or
numbers that may start/end in any position. In fixed width fonts maybe so,
but not typographic where every character is a different width. In that case
do something like a Word "merge".

But you certainly with position you could do this (bold the amount)
HEY DEADBEAT!!! PAY THIS AMOUNT NOW ----> $565.33 OR WE WILL xxxx
.

Btw - If a courier font can be used, where you can do positioning then check
these out (note the font 416 allows character sizing) - this is a sample
print I refer to
Btw - there are other fixed width beside courier - like Lucida Console,
which look better, but I don't know the font id. There are some older
manuals online that have appendixes of the fonts and types.

A R $PRT01 FONT(11)
A SKIPB(3)
A 1'Font 11 Courier'
A R $PRT02 FONT(18)
A 1'Font 18 Courier Italic'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT03 FONT(46)
A 1'Font 46 Courier Bold'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT04 FONT(75)
A 1'Font 75 Courier 12 pitch'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT05 FONT(223)
A 1'Font 223 Courier'
A R $PRT06 FONT(244)
A 1'Font 244 Courier double'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT07 FONT(245)
A 1'Font 245 Courier'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT08 FONT(420)
A 1'Font 420 Courier'
A SPACEA(3)
A R $PRT09 FONT(416)
A CHRSIZ(1 1)
A 1'Font 416 Courier'
A SPACEA(3)

A final note that if these were email and not print, then a html email could
do it and you can string the fonts and bolds anywhere.

Jim


-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Roger
Harman
Sent: Tuesday, December 01, 2015 7:34 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: AFP - Selective bolding

I've done a little work with AFP before but have a project to modernize some
dunning letters.  Changing font, adding company logo for letterhead, etc.  

We have a template (PF) with substitution variables (~CUSTNAME, etc) and an
RPG program does the scan/replace to build the print data (PRTDATA).

Everything works fine and it is a vast improvement over the Courier 10
layout.

I just know that when I show the changes to the users, someone is going to
ask "Can you bold the <amount, date, whatever> in that sentence?"

The print file DDS looks like this:
** HELVETICA A          R PRTLINE A            PRTDATA       70A      
15SPACEA(1)                  
A                                      FONT(2304 (*POINTSIZE
12)) 

I've perused the printing redbook and  some other resources and I don't see
that capability.  Is this doable? 

Thanks.

Roger Harman
COMMON Certified Application Developer - ILE RPG on IBM i on Power OCEAN
User Group
 
 
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