mongol

This library is a collection of Flutter widgets for displaying traditional Mongolian vertical text.

The primary widgets include:

  • MongolText: vertical version of Text
  • MongolListTile: vertical version of ListTile, for use in horizontal list views and menus
  • MongolPopupMenuButton: vertical version of PopupMenuButton, for displaying menus
  • MongolAlertDialog: vertical version of AlertDialog

NOTE: Version 3.0.0 removed MongolTextField because recent Flutter updates broke it. The plan is to recreate it from scratch.

Displaying vertical text

MongolText is a vertical text version of Flutter's Text widget. Left-to-right line wrapping is supported.

MongolText('ᠨᠢᠭᠡ ᠬᠣᠶᠠᠷ ᠭᠤᠷᠪᠠ ᠳᠦᠷᠪᠡ ᠲᠠᠪᠤ ᠵᠢᠷᠭᠤᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠳᠣᠯᠣᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠨᠠᠢᠮᠠ ᠶᠢᠰᠦ ᠠᠷᠪᠠ'),

The library supports mobile, web, and desktop.

Emoji and CJK characters

The library rotates emoji and CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) characters for proper orientation.

Text styling

You add styling using TextSpan and/or TextStyle, just as you would for a Text widget.

MongolText.rich(
  textSpan,
  textScaleFactor: 2.5,
),

where textSpan is defined like so:

const textSpan = TextSpan(
  style: TextStyle(fontSize: 30, color: Colors.black),
  children: [
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠨᠢᠭᠡ\n', style: TextStyle(fontSize: 40)),
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠬᠣᠶᠠᠷ', style: TextStyle(backgroundColor: Colors.yellow)),
    TextSpan(
      text: ' ᠭᠤᠷᠪᠠ ',
      style: TextStyle(shadows: [
        Shadow(
          blurRadius: 3.0,
          color: Colors.lightGreen,
          offset: Offset(3.0, -3.0),
        ),
      ]),
    ),
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠳᠦᠷ'),
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠪᠡ ᠲᠠᠪᠤ ᠵᠢᠷᠭᠤ', style: TextStyle(color: Colors.blue)),
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠨᠠᠢᠮᠠ '),
    TextSpan(text: 'ᠶᠢᠰᠦ ', style: TextStyle(fontSize: 20)),
    TextSpan(
        text: 'ᠠᠷᠪᠠ',
        style:
            TextStyle(fontFamily: 'MenksoftAmuguleng', color: Colors.purple)),
  ],
);

This all assumes you've added one or more Mongolian fonts to your app assets.

Adding a Mongolian font

The library does not include a Mongolian font. This allows the library to be smaller and also gives developers the freedom to choose any Mongolian font they like.

Since it's likely that some of your users' devices won't have a Mongolian font installed, you should include at least one Mongolian font with your project. Here is what you need to do:

1. Get a font

You can find a font from the following companies:

2. Add the font to your project

You can get directions to do that here and here.

Basically you just need to create an assets/fonts folder for it and then declare the font in pubspec.yaml like this:

flutter:
  fonts:
    - family: MenksoftQagan
      fonts:
        - asset: assets/fonts/MQG8F02.ttf

You can call the family name whatever you want, but this string is what you will use in the next step.

3. Set the default Mongolian font for your app

In your main.dart file, set the fontFamily for the app theme.

MaterialApp(
  title: 'My App',
  theme: ThemeData(fontFamily: 'MenksoftQagan'),
  home: MyHomePage(),
);

Now you won't have to manually set the font for every Mongolian text widget. If you want to use a different font for some widgets, though, you can still set the fontFamily as you normally would inside TextStyle.

You may also consider using mongol_code with a Menksoft font if your users have devices that don't support OpenType Unicode font rendering. mongol_code converts Unicode to Menksoft code, which a Menksoft font can display without any special rendering requirements.

Horizontal lists

You can display horizontally scrolling lists with the standard ListView widget. All you need to do is set the scroll direction to horizontal.

ListView(
  scrollDirection: Axis.horizontal,
  children: [
    MongolText('ᠨᠢᠭᠡ'),
    MongolText('ᠬᠣᠶᠠᠷ'),
    MongolText('ᠭᠤᠷᠪᠠ'),
  ],
),

For something a little fancier, you can also use the MongolListTile widget just like you would use ListTile. Here is an example from the example project:

Card(
  child: MongolListTile(
    leading: FlutterLogo(size: 56.0),
    title: MongolText('ᠨᠢᠭᠡ ᠬᠣᠶᠠᠷ ᠭᠤᠷᠪᠠ'),
    subtitle: MongolText('ᠳᠦᠷᠪᠡ ᠲᠠᠪᠤ ᠵᠢᠷᠭᠤᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠳᠣᠯᠣᠭ᠎ᠠ ᠨᠠᠢᠮᠠ'),
    trailing: Icon(Icons.more_vert),
  ),
),

Menus

To add a popup menu with horizontal items, you can use MongolPopupMenuButton. It is customizable in all the ways that the standard PopupMenuButton is.

Scaffold(
  appBar: AppBar(
    title: const Text('MongolPopupMenuButton'),
    actions: [
      MongolPopupMenuButton(
        itemBuilder: (context) => const [
          MongolPopupMenuItem(child: MongolText('ᠨᠢᠭᠡ'), value: 1),
          MongolPopupMenuItem(child: MongolText('ᠬᠣᠶᠠᠷ'), value: 2),
          MongolPopupMenuItem(child: MongolText('ᠭᠤᠷᠪᠠ'), value: 3),
        ],
        tooltip: 'vertical tooltip text',
        onSelected: (value) => print(value),
      ),
    ],
  ),
  body: Container(),
);

Buttons

There are Mongol equivalents to all of the Flutter buttons:

  • MongolTextButton
  • MongolOutlinedButton
  • MongolElevatedButton
  • MongolTextButton.icon
  • MongolOutlinedButton.icon
  • MongolElevatedButton.icon
  • MongolIconButton

The reason for the Mongol icon button is to provide a vertical tooltip that will appear for a longpress on mobile and for a mouse hover on desktop and web.

Other widgets

MongolAlertDialog

This alert dialog works mostly the same as the Flutter AlertDialog.

TODO

  • Recreate MongolTextField
  • Improve keyboard (this may be better as a separate package)
  • Various other text based widgets
  • Support WidgetSpan.
  • Add missing tests (currently commented out)
  • For MongolTextAlign.bottom don't count final space in line height
  • Add MongolSelectableText widget

Libraries

mongol