Sometimes it's necessary to represent attributes of certain objects as strings. For example, if your program allows the user to change fonts and you want to save these customized font attributes in the registry, you might want to save these attributes as strings. Following two functions will let you convert a font object's attributes into a string and then convert formatted string back into font attributes:

const
csfsBold = '|Bold';
csfsItalic = '|Italic';
csfsUnderline = '|Underline';
csfsStrikeout = '|Strikeout';

//
// Expected format:
// "Arial", 9, [Bold], [clRed]
//
procedure StringToFont(
sFont : string; Font : TFont );
var
p : integer;
sStyle : string;
begin
with Font do
begin
// get font name
p := Pos( ',', sFont );
Name :=
Copy( sFont, 2, p-3 );
Delete( sFont, 1, p );

// get font size
p := Pos( ',', sFont );
Size :=
StrToInt( Copy( sFont, 2, p-2 ) );
Delete( sFont, 1, p );

// get font style
p := Pos( ',', sFont );
sStyle :=
'|' + Copy( sFont, 3, p-4 );
Delete( sFont, 1, p );

// get font color
Color :=
StringToColor(
Copy( sFont, 3,
Length( sFont ) - 3 ) );

// convert str font style to
// font style
Style := [];

if( Pos( csfsBold,
sStyle ) > 0 )then
Style := Style + [ fsBold ];

if( Pos( csfsItalic,
sStyle ) > 0 )then
Style := Style + [ fsItalic ];

if( Pos( csfsUnderline,
sStyle ) > 0 )then
Style := Style + [ fsUnderline ];

if( Pos( csfsStrikeout,
sStyle ) > 0 )then
Style := Style + [ fsStrikeout ];
end;
end;

//
// Output format:
// "Aril", 9, [Bold|Italic], [clAqua]
//
function FontToString(
Font : TFont ) : string;
var
sStyle : string;
begin
with Font do
begin
// convert font style to string
sStyle := '';Advertisement


if( fsBold in Style )then
sStyle := sStyle + csfsBold;

if( fsItalic in Style )then
sStyle := sStyle + csfsItalic;

if( fsUnderline in Style )then
sStyle := sStyle + csfsUnderline;

if( fsStrikeout in Style )then
sStyle := sStyle + csfsStrikeout;

if( ( Length( sStyle ) > 0 ) and
( '|' = sStyle[ 1 ] ) )then
begin
sStyle :=
Copy( sStyle, 2,
Length( sStyle ) - 1 );
end;

Result := Format(
'"%s", %d, [%s], [%s]',
[ Name,
Size,
sStyle,
ColorToString( Color ) ] );
end;
end;