Structured Text

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Structured Text is a Data Type that has been introduced with Armed Assault. It is a rich text, which is able to include images and formatting. It can be created using XML-like syntax, as seen below. However, using XML-like syntax alone is not going to turn a normal string into structured text, it should be converted to TEXT first.

This type is not meant to be used with remote execution. Executing [parseText "test"] remoteExec ["hint"]; will result in the following rpt message:

Performance warning: SimpleSerialization::Write 'params' is using type of ',TEXT' which is not optimized by simple serialization, falling back to generic serialization, use generic type or ask for optimizations for these types

Parse the text on the receiving client instead.




All attribute values should be encapsulated in double "..." or single '...' quotes. Both of the following are correct:

<t size="2.0">Large text</t>
<t size='2.0'>Large text</t>
The following will log an .rpt error Unknown attribute .0 and only number 2 would be taken into account:
<t size=2.0>Large text</t>


Texts could be created with the following markup:

<t>Hello World!</t>

Or could also be inserted via the composeText / formatText and text commands.

Special characters

To insert special characters, such as <, >, etc. you can use the HTML representation of that character, e.g.:

Character HTML
< &lt;
> &gt;
non-breaking space &#160;
... ...
Using a special character directly will result in it being displayed as "?" or, in the case of writing "<TEXT>", will result in an error in the RPT: Wrong text element 'TEXT'

Line break

Line breaks could be created with either of the following markups:

<br />

Or could also be inserted via the composeText / formatText and lineBreak commands.


Images could be created with either of the following markups:

<img image='\a3\Data_f\Flags\flag_Altis_co.paa'/>
<img image='\a3\Data_f\Flags\flag_Altis_co.paa' />
<img image='\a3\Data_f\Flags\flag_Altis_co.paa'></img>

Or could also be inserted via the composeText / formatText and image commands.


Clickable links, similar to HTML hyperlinks, could be created with the following markup:

<a href=''>Arma 3</a>

By default the links are not underlined or have a different color to stand out. These attributes should be added separately.
Note: & should be escaped by &amp;.

<a href=''>Example URL A</a> <!-- will not work -->
<a href=';bar'>Example URL B</a> <!-- will work -->


The following inline attributes are supported:

  • size
  • color
  • font
  • align
  • valign
  • underline
  • shadow
  • shadowColor
  • shadowOffset
  • colorLink
  • href
  • image


The structured text size attribute is a multiplier for the value of control config property size. Default is 1, meaning that the height of letters will be equal to the value set in config. Setting this to 2 will make letters 2 times the size, 0.5 will make them half the size, etc. If the control is defined as follows:

class MyStructuredText : RscStructuredText 
	text = "Hello!";
	size = 0.04;

Then the structured text:

_control ctrlSetStructuredText parseText "<t size='2'>Hello!</t>";

Will result in a total text size of 0.04 * 2 = 0.08. Unfortunately, there is no script command to set or get the value of config size property dynamically.


The color attribute is similar to HTML hex color and could either have format #RRGGBB or #AARRGGBB.

<t color='#ff0000'>Red text</t>
<t color='#99ffffff'>Semi-transparent white text</t>


The value for the font attribute could be found in CfgFontFamilies config. Some of the Arma 3 fonts:

  • EtelkaMonospacePro
  • EtelkaMonospaceProBold
  • EtelkaNarrowMediumPro
  • LCD14
  • LucidaConsoleB
  • PuristaBold
  • PuristaLight
  • PuristaMedium
  • PuristaSemibold
  • RobotoCondensed
  • RobotoCondensedBold
  • RobotoCondensedLight
  • TahomaB
<t font='PuristaBold'>Bold Text</t>
<t font='LCD14'>Wicked looking text</t>

Horizontal Alignment

The align attribute controls horizontal text alignment and could be one of the following:

  • left
  • center
  • right
<t align='right'>Text displayed to the right</t>

Vertical Alignment

The valign attribute controls vertical text alignment and could be one of the following:

  • top
  • middle
  • bottom
<t valign='bottom'>Text displayed at the bottom</t>


The underline attribute underlines each individual word in text. The normal spaces are not underlined.

<t underline='1'>Underlined Text</t>
If you would like to have a continuous underline between words, use non-breaking spaces. This could be achieved in several ways:
  • Insertion from keyboard: Alt+255
  • Scripted method:

hint parseText format ["<t underline='1'>%1</t>", "Underlined Text" splitString " " joinString toString [160]]

  • Using HTML code:
hint parseText "<t underline='1'>Underlined&amp;#160;Text</t>";


The shadow attribute controls the appearance of shadow/outline around text and could be one of the following:

  • 0 - normal text
  • 1 - classic shadow (text ghosting below and to the right)
  • 2 - outline (slight, always black, outline around characters)
<t shadow='0'>Text with no shadow</t>
<t shadow='1'>Text with default black shadow</t>
<t shadow='2'>Text with default black outline</t>

Shadow Color

The shadowColor attribute controls the color of the shadow (not the outline, which is always black for some reason)

<t shadow='1' shadowColor='#ff0000'>Text with red shadow</t>

Shadow Offset

The shadowOffset attribute controls how far is the shadow offset from the text source (has no effect on the outline)

<t shadow='1' shadowColor='#ff0000' shadowOffset='0.5'>Text with red shadow, which is offset by half character size</t>

Link Color

Will change the color of the text if the text is a link, otherwise the text color is unaffected.

<t colorLink='#0000ff'><a href=''>Blue text</a></t>
<a colorLink='#0000ff' href=''>Blue text too</a>
<t colorLink='#0000ff'>Normal text color</t>

Hyperlink Reference

The href attribute is essential part of the <a> tag and should contain URL of the destination (See Hyperlink).

Image Reference

The image attribute is essential part of the <img> tag and should contain filepath to the image (See Image).

SQF Code Examples

align valign demo:

hint parseText "<t size='3'><t size='1' valign='top' align='right'>Top Right</t> <t size='1' valign='middle' align='center'>Middle Center</t> <t size='1' valign='bottom' align='left'>Bottom Left</t></t>";

Sometimes an extra space is required when outputting to hint. In the above example spaces between <t>s inside another <t> wrapper ensure that the hint will be 3 lines tall

Create clickable image:

_ctrl = findDisplay 46 createDisplay "RscDisplayEmpty" ctrlCreate ["RscStructuredText", -1]; _ctrl ctrlSetPosition [0,0,1,1]; _ctrl ctrlCommit 0; _ctrl ctrlSetStructuredText parseText "<a color='#00FF00' size='5' href=''><img image='\A3\weapons_f\ammoBoxes\data\ui\map_AmmoBox_F_CA.paa' /></a>";

The use of composeText:

_separator = parseText "<br />------------------------<br />"; _image = "\a3\Data_f\Flags\flag_Altis_co.paa"; _txt1 = text "left"; _txt1 setAttributes ["align", "left"]; _txt2 = text "right"; _txt2 setAttributes ["align", "right"]; _structuredText = composeText [image _image, lineBreak, lineBreak, text "Heading Text", _separator, _txt1, _txt2]; hint _structuredText;