VML XScale Attribute

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Determines whether a straight textpath will be used instead of the shape path. Read/write. VgTriState.

Applies To


Tag Syntax

<v: element style="xscale: expression ">

Script Syntax

element .style.xscale="expression"



If True, the text runs along apath from left to right along the x value of the lower boundary of the shape. The default value is False.

VML Standard Attribute


The text will appear as if it were drawn on a horizontal line, even though the shape path is a diagonal.

   <v:line from="100 100" to="400 400">
   <v:fill on="True" color="red"/>
   <v:path textpathok="True"/>
   <v:textpath on="True" string="VML Text"
   style="xscale:true;font:normal normal normal 36pt Arial"/>