4.2. Display settings

The Display category controls several aspects of the appearance of KildClient. It is divided in sub-categories, which will be described in the following sections.

4.2.1. Main Window

The figure below shows the Main Window section of the World Editor:

Figure 4.2. The Main Window section of the World Editor
The Main Window section of the World Editor.

This section allows you to configure the main window where the MUD text is shown.

You can set the font that is used for the text that is sent by the MUD. Click on the button with the name of the font to pop-up a dialog from where you can select another font. The change in the font is applied immediately when a new font is selected.

Still with regard to fonds, another option that can be configured in this section is whether to use bold fonts or not to represent text that has the "bold" or "highlight" attribute set. By default, this text is rendered in a lighter color and with a boldface, but you can disable the use of a bold font from this dialog. You can also change the colors used for the highlighted text, see Section 4.2.2, “Colors”.

You can also configure whether to use word wrap or not. If this option is not set, lines will be broken when they do not fit the window, even in the middle of a word. When this option is set, lines will be wrapped between words, so that a word is not broken.

Regardless of that setting, you can indent wrapped lines by some amount. Just specify how many pixels to indent the lines, or leave the value as 0 not to indent them.

By default, lines are wrapped when they do not fit the window. This is the behavior when Wrap lines at full screen width is selected. But it is also possible to wrap lines after a specific number of characters, even if the window is wider than that. To do that, select Maximum line width in characters and enter the maximum number of characters in each line.

The next group, Scrolling, controls the behavious of the scrollback buffer.

  • Scroll on output, when checked, will cause the buffer to always scroll the end when new text is received, thus displaying it immediately. If not checked, the buffer is only scrolled if you are at the end.

  • Lines to save in scrollback buffer determines how many lines of output will be saved in the buffer for you to see again. Note that KildClient will get slower and will consume more memory if you set this to too high a number.

The next group configures whether tooltips with the time when a line was received are displayed are enabled or not. If they are enabled, when you leave the mouse for some time over a line an information window is displayed with the time when the line was received.

The last group, Name display, controls how this world is identified in the tabs and in the window title. By default, only its name is used. But you can also display the name of the character logged in (provided auto logon was used, see section Section 4.1, “General”). If none of the options suit you, you can define your own. Use %Kw to represent the world name and %Kc to represent the character.

4.2.2. Colors

The figure below shows the Colors section of the World Editor:

Figure 4.3. The Colors section of the World Editor
The Colors section of the World Editor.

In this section you can configure the colors that will be used by KildClient. The ANSI standard defines eight colors, both in the "normal" state and in the "bold" state. These "bold" colors are by default shown with lighter colors, and, optionally, with a bold font also (see Section 4.2.1, “Main Window”). Additionally, there are "default" colors for the foreground and background, when no specific color is set.

You can tweak the colors so that they look better in your screen, or redefine them completely. To do that, click in the button with the color, and a dialog will be shown for you to change the color. The changes are applied immediately when a new color is chosen.

Should you want to revert all colors to their built-in preset values, use the Revert to default colors button.

4.2.3. Status Bar

The figure below shows the Status Bar section of the World Editor:

Figure 4.4. The Status Bar section of the World Editor
The Status Bar section of the World Editor.

The first section allows you to change the font used in the status bar. Click the button and a dialog will appear for you to select the font.

The second section controls the display of some time counter that appear in the right of the status bar. You can display the total time connected to this world and/or the idle time, that is, the time elapsed since you last sent a command to the MUD.

For each time, there are three options. Do not display causes that time not to be displayed. Display as hours, minutes and seconds displays the time as something like 2h45m30s, while Display as seconds would display that previous time as 9930s.

The behavior of the idle time counter can also be configured with the Only reset idle time counter when a command is entered checkbox. When the checkbox is unchecked (which is the default), that time is reset whenever a command is sent to the world, no matter if this command was typed, if it ran because of a trigger, a timer, etc. When checked, the timer will only be reset when you enter something in the command entry box and press ENTER. Automatically sent commands will not cause the counter to be reset.