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Tricky programming challenge: How to write out a string of text using a proportional font, then connect given letters by means of geometric lines. The lines may cross over one another, have different colors, or different dashings. Example: This is a proportional font | | | || | | | | || | | ---------------- | | | | --------------------------- The reason for this exercise has to do with certain problems in linguistics. In general, the font may include characters that, although their ASCII codes appear in a particular string order, their position on screen may appear above, below, or even on top of the previous or subsequent letter. For instance, the sequential ASCII code for the string "ABCDEF" might end up being printed as F ABDE C The layout properties are determined by the font, so I am not sure that Mathematica's superscript/subscript system is useful here. Mark Evans ______________________________________________________ Remove ".nospam" from email address to reply. "evans" at "gte" dot "net"