Drawing Text in a Double-Buffered OpenGL Window

You draw text in a double-buffered OpenGL window by creating display lists for selected characters in a font, and then executing the appropriate display list for each character you want to draw. The following code sample creates a rendering context, draws a red triangle, and then labels it with text. For this sample code, we assume that there is a device context, with a font and pixel format.

// create an OpenGL rendering context  
hglrc = wglCreateContext(hdc); 
// make it this thread's current rendering context  
wglMakeCurrent(hdc, hglrc); 
// make the color a deep blue hue  
glClearColor(0.0F, 0.0F, 0.4F, 1.0F); 
// make the shading smooth 
// clear the color buffers  
// specify a red triangle  
    glColor3f(1.0F, 0.0F, 0.0F); 
    glVertex2f(10.0F, 10.0F); 
    glVertex2f(250.0F, 50.0F); 
    glVertex2f(105.0F, 280.0F); 
// create bitmaps for the device context font's first 256 glyphs  
wglUseFontBitmaps(hdc, 0, 256, 1000); 
// move bottom left, southwest of the red triangle  
glRasterPos2f(30.0F, 300.0F); 
// set up for a string-drawing display list call  
// draw a string using font display lists  
glCallLists(12, GL_UNSIGNED_BYTE, "Red Triangle"); 
// get all those commands to execute  
// delete our 256 glyph display lists  
glDeleteLists(1000, 256) ; 
// make the rendering context not current  
wglMakeCurrent (NULL, NULL) ; 
// release the device context  
ReleaseDC(hdc) ; 
// delete the rendering context