StringBrowser 3I "30 November 1989" "InterViews" "InterViews Reference Manual"
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StringBrowser - browse and/or select items in a list
StringBrowser is an interactor that provides a browsing and selection
interface to a list of strings. StringBrowsers are often used in
dialog boxes to let the user browse and select from an unbounded set
of textual entries. A StringBrowser displays the list of strings and
provides several ways to scroll the list. The user selects strings
with either the mouse or the keyboard; the StringBrowser can restrict
selection to a single string or allow multiple selections. The
application queries the StringBrowser for the selected string(s).
A StringBrowser contains no entries initially; strings are appended
consecutively or in random order, and they can be removed in any
order. The strings are accessed with a string index from 0 to
n-1, where n is the total number of strings. The
StringBrowser maintains a separate list of strings that have been
selected; these strings are accessed with a selection index from
0 to m-1, where m is the total number of selected strings.
Left-clicking inside the StringBrowser (or calling the Browse
function) makes it interpret subsequent keyboard events as scrolling
or selection operations on the entries. StringBrowser relinquishes
control when it detects a click outside its canvas or when it receives
a predetermined escape character.
Middle-clicking inside the StringBrowser lets the user ``grab-scroll''
the entries. During grab-scrolling, the StringBrowser scrolls the
entries to follow the mouse position, making it appear as though the
user is dragging the entries themselves. Right-clicking engages
``rate-scrolling,'' a joy-stick-like scrolling interface in which the
scrolling rate increases as the user drags the mouse away from the
initial click point. For example, dragging the mouse downwards after
the initial click scrolls the browser downwards at an increasing rate;
dragging upwards thereafter reduces the rate until scrolling stops
entirely at the initial click point. Dragging up beyond this point
makes the browser scroll in the reverse direction.
Below are the key bindings for browsing and selection commands:
Go to the first string.
Go to the last string.
Select previous string.
Select next string.
Select topmost-visible string.
Select bottommost-visible string.
Scroll down one string.
Scroll up one string.
Scroll down one screenful.
Scroll up one screenful.
Scroll down one-half screenful.
Scroll up one-half screenful.
StringBrowser(ButtonState*, int rows, int cols, boolean uniqueSel,
int highlight, const char* done)"
StringBrowser(const char* name, ButtonState*, int, int,
boolean, int, const char*)"
Create a new StringBrowser object. The StringBrowser will use the
ButtonState to communicate the result of browsing operations. The
StringBrowser bases its shape on the rows and cols
parameters: the height equals rows multiplied by the font
height, and the width equals cols multiplied by the width of an
average character. The uniqueSel parameter specifies whether or
not selection is limited to one string (the default), and the
highlight parameter specifies the appearance of selected strings
(Reversed by default). Typing any character in the string done
will make the StringBrowser stop interpreting keyboard events; the
ButtonState is set to this terminating character as a side-effect. A
double left-click inside the StringBrowser is equivalent to a single
left-click selection followed by a key press that generates the first
character in done.
To be interpreted as a double-click, two
clicks must occur not more than clickDelay milliseconds apart.
The default click delay is 250 ms; a different value can be specified
via the "clickDelay" user-preference attribute.
Initiate browsing. Subsequent keypresses will be interpreted as
browsing and selection commands according to the key bindings listed above.
void Insert(const char* string, int index)
Insert string at position index. StringBrowser makes a
copy of the string for internal use.
void Append(const char* string)
Insert a copy of string after the last string.
void Remove(int index)
Remove the string at position index, moving subsequent strings
up to fill the gap.
int Index(const char* string)
Return the index of the first string that matches string.
char* String(int index)
Return the string at the given index.
Return the total number of strings in the StringBrowser.
Remove all strings from the StringBrowser.
void Select(int index)
void Unselect(int index)
Select (unselect) the string at the given index. The string will be
redrawn in the appropriate style. If multiple selections are not
allowed and an another string has been selected already, then
selecting a new string will unselect the original string.
Select (unselect) all strings. SelectAll does nothing if multiple
selections have been disallowed.
int Selection(int n)
Return the string index of the nth selected string.
int SelectionIndex(int n)
Return the selection index of the nth string.
Return the total number of selected strings.
boolean Select(int n)
Return whether the nth string has been selected.