In particular, for effects like bold, italics, smallcaps, etc. If you wanted to emphasize/style one word or a short substring of a sentence, is your only option to render them separately?
Unfortunately yes. SDL_TTF, I believe, renders the font to a bitmap in memory using libfreetype, then blits that to a surface. As far as I know there’s nothing you can pass to affect things on a sub-string level
Ok, thanks. I don’t have a lot of ideas that sound like they’ll work well but I’ll play around and see what I can come up with.