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{{Command|= Comments
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| ofp |= Game name
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| ofp |Game name=
  
|1.00|= Game version
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|1.00|Game version=
  
|eff= local |= Effects in MP
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|eff= local |Effects in MP=
 
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| Outputs a hint message on the left upper corner of the screen (in OFP with a ding sound).
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| Outputs a hint message to the right of the screen (left of the screen in {{ofp}}) with a sound (except in {{arma}}). Use [[hintSilent]] for soundless hint. To split message in multiple lines either use [[Structured Text]] or <tt>\n</tt> (in lower case).|DESCRIPTION=
 
 
The text may contain several lines. |= Description
 
 
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| '''hint''' text |= Syntax
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| [[hint]] message |SYNTAX=
  
|p1=  text: [[String]] - the message to write on the screen may consist of any characters. \n indicates a line break. |= Parameter 1
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|p1=  message: [[String]] or [[Structured Text]] - the message to display. |PARAMETER1=
  
| [[Nothing]] |= Return value
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| [[Nothing]] |RETURNVALUE=
 
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|x1= <pre>hint "Press W to move forward. \nPress S to move backwards."</pre>
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|x1= <code>{{codecomment|// outputs the following:
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// Press W to move forward.
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// Press S to move backwards.}}
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[[hint]] "Press W to move forward.\nPress S to move backwards."</code> |EXAMPLE1=
  
outputs the following message:
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|x2= <code>[[hint]] [[format]] ["Hello, %1!", [[name]] [[player]]];</code> |Example2=
  
<pre>Press W to move forward.
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|x3= <code>[[hint]] [[str]] [[count]] [[allPlayers]];
Press S to move backwards.</pre>
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[[sleep]] 10;
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[[hintSilent]] ""; {{codecomment|// hides the previous hint display}}</code> |Example3=
  
Known Problems: Avoid hint messages that exceed the screen, as this may lead to crashes. |= Example 1
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|x4= <code>[[hint]] [[parseText]] "<t size='2.0'>Large text</t>";{{codecomment|// Displays text twice as large as the default one}}</code>|Example4=
 
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| [[hintC]], [[hintCadet]], [[hintC array]], [[hintC structuredText]], [[hintC text]], [[hintSilent]] |= See also
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|pr= {{GVI|ofp|1.00}} {{GVI|arma|1.00}} {{GVI|arma2|1.00}} Hint messages that exceed the screen may lead to crashes.<br>
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{{GVI|arma3|1.00}} The game would not crash but suffer FPS drop / temporary freezing. |Problem=
  
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| [[hintC]], [[hintCadet]], [[hintSilent]], [[diag_log]] |SEEALSO=
 
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<h3 style="display:none">Notes</h3>
 
<h3 style="display:none">Notes</h3>
 
<dl class="command_description">
 
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<dt class="note">'''[[User:ArmAtec|ArmAtec]]'''<dd class="note">
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<dd class="notedate">Posted on October 20, 2014 - 19:27 (UTC)</dd>
Hint can be used with formatting like this:
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<dt class="note">[[User:DreadedEntity|DreadedEntity]]</dt>
<pre>hint format["Hello %1",player]</pre>
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<dd class="note">
<dt class="note">'''[[User:pyro05x|pyro05x]]'''
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Be careful when using hints to visualize the effects of commands using the Debug Console. Hint can accept an undefined variable and neither the error nor the hint is shown, the command simply fails. Also notice how the hint command should be {{Inline code|[[hint]] [[str]] _i;}}:
<dd class="note">To remove the hint box from the screen, pass a null string (<tt>""</tt>) to the command.
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<code>[[for]] "_i" [[from]] 0 [[to]] 50 [[do]] {
<pre>hint ""</pre>
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[[hint]] _i;
<dt class="note">'''[[User:Worldeater|Worldeater]]'''
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};</code>
<dd class="note">''hint'' happily accepts [[Structured_Text|structured text]]:
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'''tested in A3 1.32.127785'''<br>
<pre>_starL  = "<img image='\ca\ui\data\debr_star.paa' align='left'/>";
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<br>
_starL  = _starL + _starL + _starL;
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In a script, an "undefined variable" error will be shown as expected.
_starR  = "<img image='\ca\ui\data\debr_star.paa' align='right'/>";
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</dd>
_starR  = _starR + _starR + _starR;
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_title  = "<t color='#ff0000' size='1.2' shadow='1' shadowColor='#000000' align='center'>TITLE</t><br/><br/>";
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<dd class="notedate">Posted on October 21, 2014 - 23:07 (UTC)</dd>
_text  = "Bla bla bla bla bla...";
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<dt class="note">[[User:DreadedEntity|DreadedEntity]]</dt>
hint parseText (_starL + _starR + _title + _text);
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<dd class="note">
</pre>
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Contrary to previous games, Arma 3 will happily display hints that far exceed screen space.<br>
(Tested with 1.14, 1.15 beta and 1.16 beta)
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However, as hints get longer, FPS suffers tremendously.<br>
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'''tested in Debug Console, A3 1.32.127785 with the following:'''
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<code>[[hint]] [[str]] (([[nearestObjects]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[player]], ["BUILDING"],  100]) - <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[player]]]); [] [[spawn]] { [[sleep]] 5; [[systemChat]] [[str]] [[diag_fps]]; };
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[[sleep]] 10;
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[[hint]] [[str]] (([[nearestObjects]] <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[player]], ["BUILDING"], 1000]) - <nowiki>[</nowiki>[[player]]]); [] [[spawn]] { [[sleep]] 5; [[systemChat]] [[str]] [[diag_fps]]; };</code>
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Results were: '''59.7015''' and '''5.17297''', respectively. Drawing a hint even longer than this, such as [[nearestObjects]] with a radius of 10,000 or 100,000 reduces your FPS so much Arma 3 '''appears''' to crash, though it doesn't.<br>
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Unrelated: Hints will stay on screen for 30 seconds, then fade away over the course of 5 seconds. '''Tested with: A3 1.32.127785'''
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</dd>
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<dd class="notedate">Posted on February 17, 2015 - 23:14 (UTC)</dd>
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<dt class="note">[[User:DreadedEntity|DreadedEntity]]</dt>
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<dd class="note">
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An open dialog will pause the 30-second hint fade timer.
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'''(A3 1.38.128937)'''
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</dd>
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<dd class="notedate">Posted on March 25, 2017 - 20:47 (UTC)</dd>
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<dt class="note">[[User:Feint|Feint]]</dt>
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<dd class="note">
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The [[hint]] sound is audible only when you have the music volume turned up above 0 in the audio settings.
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Otherwise, it seems to act the same as [[hintSilent]].<br>
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This is important because if you are running a [[hint]] that fires at 30 fps or more, the [[hint]] will slow down machines that have the music volume turned up but won't slow down machines that have the music volume turned off.<br>
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Best practice is to use [[hint]] for an alert to the player and use [[hintSilent]] for a makeshift display of data to the player that is updated fairly often.
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</dd>
 
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[[Category:Scripting Commands|HINT]]
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[[Category:Scripting Commands ArmA|HINT]]
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Latest revision as of 16:36, 6 August 2019

Introduced with Operation Flashpoint version1.00
  Effects of this scripting command are not broadcasted over the network and remain local to the client the command is executed on

Click on the images for descriptions

Introduced in

Game:
Operation Flashpoint
Version:
1.00

Description

Description:
Outputs a hint message to the right of the screen (left of the screen in Operation Flashpoint) with a sound (except in Armed Assault). Use hintSilent for soundless hint. To split message in multiple lines either use Structured Text or \n (in lower case).

Syntax

Syntax:
hint message
Parameters:
message: String or Structured Text - the message to display.
Return Value:
Nothing

Examples

Example 1:
// outputs the following: // Press W to move forward. // Press S to move backwards. hint "Press W to move forward.\nPress S to move backwards."
Example 2:
hint format ["Hello, %1!", name player];
Example 3:
hint str count allPlayers; sleep 10; hintSilent ""; // hides the previous hint display
Example 4:
hint parseText "<t size='2.0'>Large text</t>";// Displays text twice as large as the default one

Additional Information

Multiplayer:
-
Problems:
Introduced with Operation Flashpoint version1.00
Introduced with Armed Assault version1.00
Introduced with Arma 2 version1.00
Hint messages that exceed the screen may lead to crashes.
Introduced with Arma 3 version1.00
The game would not crash but suffer FPS drop / temporary freezing.
See also:
hintChintCadethintSilentdiag_log

Notes

Only post proven facts here. Report bugs on the feedback tracker. Use the talk page or the forums for discussions.
Add New Note | How To

Notes

Posted on October 20, 2014 - 19:27 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
Be careful when using hints to visualize the effects of commands using the Debug Console. Hint can accept an undefined variable and neither the error nor the hint is shown, the command simply fails. Also notice how the hint command should be hint str _i;: for "_i" from 0 to 50 do { hint _i; }; tested in A3 1.32.127785

In a script, an "undefined variable" error will be shown as expected.
Posted on October 21, 2014 - 23:07 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
Contrary to previous games, Arma 3 will happily display hints that far exceed screen space.
However, as hints get longer, FPS suffers tremendously.
tested in Debug Console, A3 1.32.127785 with the following: hint str ((nearestObjects [player, ["BUILDING"], 100]) - [player]); [] spawn { sleep 5; systemChat str diag_fps; }; sleep 10; hint str ((nearestObjects [player, ["BUILDING"], 1000]) - [player]); [] spawn { sleep 5; systemChat str diag_fps; }; Results were: 59.7015 and 5.17297, respectively. Drawing a hint even longer than this, such as nearestObjects with a radius of 10,000 or 100,000 reduces your FPS so much Arma 3 appears to crash, though it doesn't.

Unrelated: Hints will stay on screen for 30 seconds, then fade away over the course of 5 seconds. Tested with: A3 1.32.127785
Posted on February 17, 2015 - 23:14 (UTC)
DreadedEntity
An open dialog will pause the 30-second hint fade timer. (A3 1.38.128937)
Posted on March 25, 2017 - 20:47 (UTC)
Feint
The hint sound is audible only when you have the music volume turned up above 0 in the audio settings. Otherwise, it seems to act the same as hintSilent.

This is important because if you are running a hint that fires at 30 fps or more, the hint will slow down machines that have the music volume turned up but won't slow down machines that have the music volume turned off.

Best practice is to use hint for an alert to the player and use hintSilent for a makeshift display of data to the player that is updated fairly often.

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