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Marathia's Rainbow Text

It is sometimes necessary to accentuate a text, or a headline, or even both and you may have been at a loss, as to how to do it exactly. Fear not, help is at hand.

Marathia's RainbowText is Jeroen's latest "Pay-What-You-Want' stack. It has been especially created to accentuate text elements. The effects can range anywhere between anywhere between subtle and eye-watering crazy.

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If you drop a RainbowText stack onto your page, you'll find that, in its default form it is a text stack awaiting your text input. It contains a lot of setup information which can, of course, be hidden. The stack settings then give a Target with the options Content Of Stack and Custom Selector Outside Stack (advanced), i.e. if you know the selector of the stack that you wish to target, you may add it in the selector box that then appears.
Otherwise, move on to Tag and set the stack's format to anything between H1 and H6 (or None, leaving the stack as a Paragraph stack).

The next setting that RainbowText requires is Background and the options range between 2—8 Colours, Background Image and SVG Background Pattern.
I freely admit that I was unable to discover where to find the code required for an SVG background pattern, but then, I do suffer from an acute case of code-phobia. The patterned headline above uses an Illustrator pattern exported as .png that I created.

Image size has just two settings – Tile and Fill. Exclude Links, when set, will exclude any links with your text from being reformatted. Use Fallback Colour will allow yo to set a flat text colour for all IE browsers detected.
RainbowText Style gives you full control over the text formatting, including Spacing and Font Family gives you the options of Theme Default, Web Safe Font – with an option of fourteen standard web fonts, or Custom (Expert Mode), where you may enter a Google Font, plus a substitute format.

Capitalise has the options Normal, All Upper Case, All Lower Case, and Initial Caps. Then follows a section with the title Advanced Fiddling, where you can set what is displayed in preview mode, Reduce the Top and Bottom Margins and move the Background Image Position – Up, Down, Left, or Right, if it doesn't't suit your fancy.

I have to say that what initially struck me as a gimmicky effect stack, turns out to be a useful stack for text accentuation. You won't need it on every website that you build, but one day it will come in handy.



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