Text2skin-skin reference

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This documentation is valid for the "1.0" version of the text2skin-plugin.


Elements

<skin>

This is the root element of the skins. All further elements go inside this container.

Attribute Value Description
version VERSION Version of the skin format (this is fix value, currently "1.0")
name NAME Name to display in the VDR-OSD
screenBase
  • relative
  • absolute
Should the skin be drawn "relative" (OSD left, top, width, height) to the VDR setup or "absolute" to an area of 720x576
example
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<skin version="1.0" name="brushed Aluminium" screenBase="relative">
  .
  .
  .
</skin>

<display>

For each type of the OSD display a <display>-section is required.

Attribute Value Description
id
  • channelInfo
  • channelSmall
  • volume
  • message
  • replayInfo
  • replaySmall
  • menu
  • audioTracks
Type of the OSD display
example
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<skin version="1.0" name="brushed Aluminium" screenBase="relative">
  <display id="replayInfo">
   .
   .
   .
  </display>
</skin>

<window>

Each <display>-container has to start with a definition of drawing areas.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
bpp NUMBER Color depth of the drawing area (4 = 16 colors, 8 = 256 colors)
example
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<skin version="1.0" name="brushed Aluminium" screenBase="relative">
  <display id="replayInfo">
    <window x1="0" x2="619" y1="-113" y2="-84" bpp="4" />
    <window x1="20" x2="99" y1="-83" y2="-44" bpp="4" />
     .
     .
     .
  </display>
</skin>

<rectangle>

Draws a filled rectangle.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Color of the rectangle
example
<rectangle x1="20" x2="99" y1="-83" y2="-44" color="#00000000" />

<ellipse>

Draws a circle, a pitch circle, or a ellipse.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Color
arc NUMBER Pitch circle
example
<ellipse x1="5" y1="7" x2="14" y2="15" color="GraphLight" condition="{IsMenuCurrent}"/>

<slope>

Draws a curve.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Color
arc NUMBER Direction
example
<slope x1="10" x2="100" y1="10" y2="100" arc="1" color="#CC000066" />

<image>

Display an image.

Attribute Value Description
x NUMBER Position of the left border (no scaling)
y NUMBER Position of the top border (no scaling)
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border (with scaling)
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border (with scaling)
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border (with scaling)
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border (with scaling)
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
alpha NUMBER Transparency (0-255)
colors NUMBER Maximum amount of colors in the scaled image (if scaling should be applied)
color STRING Replacement color for color 1 of the image
bgColor STRING Replacement color for color 0 of the image
maskColor STRING Mask color (skipped when image is drawn)
path STRING/TOKEN Image file
example
<image x="0" y="-70" path="Aluminium_volumebar.png" />
<image x="585" y="138" condition="{CanScrollUp}" path="symbols/arrowup.xpm" color="#AFFFFF00" />

<text>

A static or compound text.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Text color
align
  • center
  • right
  • left
Alignment of the text
font STRING Font name
example
<text x1="42" x2="571" y1="-113" y2="-86" color="#FF000000" font="Osd">{ReplayTitle}</text>

<marquee>

An alternative to <text> for oversized texts. Scrolls text if needed.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Text color
delay NUMBER Scroll rate (in msec)
align
  • center
  • right
  • left
Alignment of the text
font STRING Font name
example
<marquee x1="130" x2="480" y1="423" y2="445" color="Text" font="Sml">{ReplayTitle}</marquee>

<blink>

An alternative to <text> which lets the text blink.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Text color
blinkColor STRING Highlight color (optional; default: on/off)
delay NUMBER Blink rate (in msec)
align
  • center
  • right
  • left
Alignment of the text
font STRING Font name
example
<blink x1="30" x2="80" y1="90" y2="80" color="Text" blinkColor="Green" delay="800" font="Sml" condition="{IsRunning}">{PresentStartDateTime:%H\:%M}</blink>

<scrolltext>

A multiline text.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Text color
align
  • center
  • right
  • left
Alignment of the text
font STRING Font name
example
<scrolltext x1="24" y1="138" y2="-72" x2="583" font="helmetr.ttf:20" color="#AFFFFF00">
{PresentShortText}
{PresentDescription}
</scrolltext>

<scrollbar>

A scrollbar.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Color of the bar
bgColor STRING Color of the background
example
<scrollbar x1="585" x2="608" y1="162" y2="-110" color="#AFFFFF00" bgColor="#8F2B1B9E" />

<progress>

A progressbar.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
color STRING Color of the bar
bgColor STRING Color of the background
mark STRING Color of the cutting marks
active STRING Color of the active area
keep STRING Color of the video area that should be kept
current NUMBER/TOKEN Current index value
total NUMBER/TOKEN Maximum index value
example
<progress x1="19" x2="556" y1="-17" y2="-7" color="#AF000000" current="{VolumeCurrent}" total="{VolumeTotal}" />
<progress x1="129" x2="478" y1="487" y2="502" color="#FFCE7B00" bgColor="Blue" mark="Black" active="Black" keep="Black" current="{ReplayPositionIndex}"  total="{ReplayDurationIndex}"/>

<block>

A <block></block> groups several objects together.

Attribute Value Description
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
example
<block condition="file('logos/{ChannelName}.mng')"> 
 <rectangle x1="4" x2="67" y1="4" y2="51" color="#AF000000" />
 <image x="0" y="0" path="logos/{ChannelName}.mng" />
</block>

<list>

Defines a list in the menu.

Attribute Value Description
x1 NUMBER Position of the left border
y1 NUMBER Position of the top border
x2 NUMBER Position of the right border
y2 NUMBER Position of the bottom border
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition
example
<list x1="24" y1="62" x2="569" y2="-82">
  <item height="28"/>
  <text x1="25" x2="569" y1="3" y2="27" color="#AF00FFFF" font="Sml">{MenuGroup}</text>
  <text x1="25" x2="569" y1="3" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Sml">{MenuItem}</text>
  <rectangle x1="0" x2="579" y1="0" y2="27" color="#FF2B1B9E" condition="{IsMenuCurrent}" />
  <text x1="22" x2="569" y1="0" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Osd">{MenuCurrent}</text>
  <text x1="0" x2="25" y1="0" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Osd">-></text>
</list>

<item>

Defines an item for the list.

Attribute Value Description
condition FUNCTION/TOKEN Complex condition (possible, but makes little sense)
height NUMBER Height of one list item
example
<list x1="24" y1="62" x2="569" y2="-82">
  <item height="28" />
  <text x1="25" x2="569" y1="3" y2="27" color="#AF00FFFF" font="Sml">{MenuGroup}</text>
  <text x1="25" x2="569" y1="3" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Sml">{MenuItem}</text>
  <rectangle x1="0" x2="579" y1="0" y2="27" color="#FF2B1B9E" condition="{IsMenuCurrent}" />
  <text x1="22" x2="569" y1="0" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Osd">{MenuCurrent}</text>
  <text x1="0" x2="25" y1="0" y2="27" color="#AFFFFFFF" font="Osd">-></text>
</list>

Token

Common

Token Comment Description
DateTime (see "man strftime") Current date/time
IsRecording True, if VDR is currently recording
CurrentRecording delivers every 2 secs all current recordings
Attribute: Number to choose n-th current recording
FreeDiskSpace Remaining free disk space in MB
Attribute: return as formatted time.
CanScrollUp True, if scrollable text can be scrolled up
CanScrollDown True, if scrollable text can be scrolled down
AudioTrack Identifier of the current audio-track
AudioChannel Identifier of the switched channel ("stereo", "left" or "right")
ReplayMode Type of the replay (e.g. "dvd", "vcd", "mp3", "normal", ...)
ReplayIsShuffle True, if replay is in shuffle mode (currently only in mp3 mode)
ReplayIsLoop True, if replay is in loop mode (currently only in mp3 mode)

Channel Display

Token Comment Description
ChannelNumber Channel number ("channel number-" if there is an input at this time)
ChannelName Channel or group name
ChannelShortName Short name of channel if available
ChannelBouquet Provider/bouquet name, if available
ChannelPortal Portal name if available
ChannelSource Signal source (e.g. "S19.2E")
ChannelID Identifier of the current channel
PresentStartDateTime (also in Menu Display) Start time of current title
PresentVPSDateTime (also in Menu Display) VPS start time of current title if available
PresentEndDateTime (also in Menu Display) End time of current title
PresentDuration (also in Menu Display) Duration of current title
PresentProgress (also in Menu Display) Elapsed time of current title
PresentRemaining (also in Menu Display) Remaining time of current title
PresentTitle (also in Menu Display) Title/heading of current title
PresentShortText (also in Menu Display) Short text/episode of current title
PresentDescription (also in Menu Display) Description of current title
PresentHasTimer (alt: HasTimer) (also in Menu Display) True, if a timer for the current title is set
PresentIsRunning (alt: IsRunning) (also in Menu Display) True, if the current title has the state "running"
PresentHasVPS (also in Menu Display) True, if VPS for the current title is available
FollowingStartDateTime Start time of following title
FollowingVPSDateTime VPS start time of following title if available
FollowingEndDateTime End time of following title
FollowingDuration Duration of following title
FollowingTitle Title/heading of following title
FollowingShortText Short text/episode of following title
FollowingDescription Description of following title
FollowingHasTimer True, if the following title is targeted by a timer
FollowingIsRunning True, if the following title has the status "running"
FollowingHasVPS True, if the following title has it's own VPS-time
ButtonRed (also in Menu Display, Replay Display) Caption of red button if available
ButtonGreen (also in Menu Display, Replay Display) Caption of green button if available
ButtonYellow (also in Menu Display, Replay Display) Caption of yellow button if available
ButtonBlue (also in Menu Display, Replay Display) Caption of blue button if available
Language language (currently only "Audio 1", "Audio 2" or "Digital Audio")
ChannelHasTeletext (alt:HasTeletext) True, if teletext is available on current channel
ChannelHasMultilang (alt: HasMultilang) True, if multi language on current channel
ChannelHasDolby (alt: HasDolby) True, if Dolby Digital on current channel
ChannelIsEncrypted (alt: IsEncrypted) True, if current channel is encrypted
ChannelIsRadio (alt: IsRadio) True, if current channel is a radio channel
ChannelHasVPS (alt: HasVPS) (also in Menu Display) True, if current channel can broadcast VPS

Volume Display

Token Comment Description
VolumeCurrent Current volume (0-VolumeTotal) (numeric)
VolumeTotal Maximum value for volume
VolumeIsMute (alt: IsMute) True, if volume is muted

Message Display

Token Comment Description
Message (also in all other displays) Text of the current message if available (whatever type)
MessageStatus (also in all other displays) Text of the current message if available (status message)
MessageInfo (also in all other displays) Text of the current message if available (information)
MessageWarning (also in all other displays) Text of the current message if available (warning)
MessageError (also in all other displays) Text of the current message if available (error)

Replay Display

Token Comment Description
ReplayTitle Attribute: clean Title of the current replay
ReplayPositionIndex Position in the current replay (numeric, analog to PresentProgress)
ReplayDurationIndex Duration of the current replay (numeric, analog to PresentDuration)
ReplayRemaining Remaining time of the current replay (numeric, analog to PresentRemaining)
ReplayPrompt Input request, if available (e.g. "Jump: --:--")
ReplayIsPlaying (alt: IsPlaying) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if a replay is runnning at normal speed
ReplayIsFastForward (alt: IsFastForward) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if fast forward
ReplayIsFastRewind (alt: IsFastRewind) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if fast rewind
ReplayIsSlowForward (alt: IsSlowForward) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if slow forward
ReplayIsSlowRewind (alt: IsSlowRewind) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if slow rewind
ReplayIsPausing (alt: IsPausing) Attribute: 0 = no multispeed, 1-3 = multispeed, nothing = any True, if replay is pausing
ReplayPosition Position in the replay, completely formatted, with frames at cutting marks, otherwise without frames
ReplayDuration Duration of the replay, completely formatted
ButtonRed (also in Channel Display, Menu Display) Caption of red button if available
ButtonGreen (also in Channel Display, Menu Display) Caption of green button if available
ButtonYellow (also in Channel Display, Menu Display) Caption of yellow button if available
ButtonBlue (also in Channel Display, Menu Display) Caption of blue button if available

Menu Display

Token Comment Description
MenuTitle Attribute: "clean", "rest" Title of the menu page, or filtered title with "clean" or rest of the filtered title
MenuGroup Text of the current list item if it is a group/delimiter
IsMenuGroup True, if currently drawn list item is a group/delimiter
MenuItem Text of the current list item if it is a normal entry
IsMenuItem True, if currently drawn list item is a normal entry
MenuCurrent Attribute: "clean" Text of the current list item if it is the selected entry
IsMenuCurrent True, if currently drawn list item is the selected entry
MenuText Attribute: "clean" Text page to display instead of the list (e.g. display in the command menu)
RecordingName Name of the current recording
RecordingDateTime Start time of the current recording
RecordingTitle Title/heading of the current recording
RecordingShortText Short text/episode of the current recording
RecordingDescription Description of the current recording
RecordingLanguageCode
RecordingLanguageDescription
ButtonRed (also in Channel Display, Replay Display) Caption of red button if available
ButtonGreen (also in Channel Display, Replay Display) Caption of green button if available
ButtonYellow (also in Channel Display, Replay Display) Caption of yellow button if available
ButtonBlue (also in Channel Display, Replay Display) Caption of blue button if available
PresentStartDateTime (also in Channel Display) Start time of current title
PresentVPSDateTime (also in Channel Display) VPS start time of current title if available
PresentEndDateTime (also in Channel Display) End time of current title
PresentDuration (also in Channel Display) Duration of current title
PresentProgress (also in Channel Display) Elapsed time of current title
PresentRemaining (also in Channel Display) Remaining time of current title
PresentTitle (also in Channel Display) Title/heading of current title
PresentShortText (also in Channel Display) Short text/episode of current title
PresentDescription (also in Channel Display) Description of current title
PresentHasTimer (alt: HasTimer) (also in Channel Display) True, if a timer for the current title is set
PresentIsRunning (alt: IsRunning) (also in Channel Display) True, if the current title has the state "running"
PresentHasVPS (also in Channel Display) True, if VPS for the current title is available
ChannelHasVPS (alt: HasVPS) (also in Channel Display) True, if current channel can broadcast VPS

Audio Tracks Display

Token Comment Description
MenuTitle Title display of the audio-track list
MenuItem Text of the current list item if it is a normal entry
IsMenuItem True, if currently drawn list item is a normal entry
MenuCurrent Text of the current list item if it is the selected entry
IsMenuCurrent True, if currently drawn list item is the selected entry
AudioTrack Identifier of the current selected audio-track
AudioChannel Identifier of the switched channel ("stereo", "left" or "right")

Functions

not

Negation of the term.

not(equal({PresentStartDateTime},{PresentVPSDateTime}))

and

True, if all parameters are true.

and({CanScrollUp},{CanScrollDown})

or

True, if at least one parameter is true.

or({CanScrollUp},{CanScrollDown})

equal

True, if both parameters are equal.

equal('Kanäle', trans('Channels'))

ne

True, if both parameter are unequal (not equal).

ne({ReplayMode}, 'normal')

gt

True, if the first parameter is greater than the second.

gt({FreeDiskSpace},5000)

ge

True, if the first parameter is greater or equal than the second

ge({FreeDiskSpace},5000)

lt

True, if the first parameter is less than the second.

lt({FreeDiskSpace},5000)

le

True, if the first parameter is less or equal than the second.

gt({FreeDiskSpace},5000)

file

Returns the parameter, if the file exists in the skin directory.

file('logos/{ChannelName}.png')

trans

Returns the translation (i18n) of the parameter or false, if no translation is found.

equal('Kanäle', trans('Channels'))

Attributes

arc

Attribute Value Meaning (ellipse) Meaning (slope)
arc 0 full ellipse horizontal, increasing, bottom
1 first quadrant horizontal, increasing, top
2 second quadrant horizontal, decreasing, bottom
3 third quadrant horizontal, decreasing, top
4 fourth quadrant vertical, increasing, right
5 right half vertical, increasing, left
6 upper half vertical, decreasing, right
7 left half vertical, decreasing, left
8 lower half
-1..-8 invers of the above

color

Also concerns bgColor, maskColor, blinkColor, mark, active, keep.

Colors are given in RGB format with transparency like this:

 color="#AARRGGBB"
  • A = alpha value (transparency 0-255)
  • R = red value
  • G = green value
  • B = blue value

Some examples:

         AARRGGBB
 color="#00000000" = black, fully transparent (translucent)
 color="#FF000000" = black, full opacity
 color="#7F000000" = black, half translucent
 color="#7FFFFFFF" = white, half translucent

For sure you can use every value between.

Colors might also be given as symbolic value which has to be defined in .colors file of the skin, e.g.:

 color="MenuTextFg"

font

There are three predefined fonts

  • Osd
  • Fix
  • Sml

For those who have installed the freetype library and activated at compile time every font found at

  • /etc/vdr/plugins/text2skin/fonts/

or

  • /etc/vdr/plugins/text2skin/SkinName/

is usable.

In the skin file the font name,

font="Osd"

or, for Truetype fonts, the font filename and size (and optional width too)

font="helmetr.ttf:SIZE[,WIDTH]"

is given.