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Differently colored text in the same line


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I assume you are currently using the term lib for writing stuff on the screen?

For full control over the screen, you need to interact with the gnu component directly. You then need to also specify the x and y coordinate where your text starts.

But it's easy to write a function that works exactly like term.write but allows you to specify the colors of each part of the string.

local component = require "component"
local term = require "term"
local unicode = require "unicode"

local gpu = component.gpu

local function advancedWrite(s, c) -- s is the string, c is its color
  local x, y = term.getCursor()
  local max_x, max_y = gpu.getResolution
  local len = unicode.len(s)
  local old_fg = gpu.setForeground(c)
  gpu.set(x, y, s)
  if x + len >= max_x then
    x = 1
    y = y + 1
    x = x + len
  term.setCursor(x, y)
  if x + len >= max_x then
    return advancedWrite(unicode.sub(s, max_x-x), c)

This is a really simple and inefficient approach. I haven't tested it yet but I will once I'm back at my computer. I will also post a proper function later, if that is the type of solution you're looking for.

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Ok, as promised, here is a more advanced function.

Instead of giving it one string and specify its color, you mark parts of the string and specify foreground (and also background) color by using a xml/html like syntax.

If you want to change on part of the string, put it between <color fg=hex, bg=hex>your string goes here</color>.

Hex is the color code starting with 0x (like 0xFFFFFF).

You don't have to specify both, background and foreground, just set the color you like to change; if you set both, use a comma (,) as delimiter.

local component = require "component"
local term = require "term"
local gpu = component.gpu

local adWrite = {}

function adWrite.write(s)
  local cbg, cfg = gpu.getBackground(), gpu.getForeground()
  local i = 1
  s:gsub('()<color(.-)>(.-)</color>()', function(i1, tag, content, i2)
    local bg, fg
    if not i1 then return end
    term.write(s:sub(i, i1-1))
    tag = tag:gsub('%s', "")  -- remove whites paces
    for colortype, color in tag:gmatch '([bfg][bfg])=(0[xX]%x+)' do
      if colortype == "bg" and color then
        bg = tonumber(color)
      elseif colortype == "fg" and color then
        fg = tonumber(color)
    if bg and bg ~= cbg then
    if fg and fg ~= color then
    i = i2
  if i <= #s then
    term.write(s:sub(i, #s))

return adWrite

Here is an example:



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