Mouse listener in Swing Japplet

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Thu, 22 Mar 2007 14:06:38 +0100
I had a little demo standalone applet with a working mouse listener. I
am now trying to have it work in a Swing Japplet, but I can't.

The working example has

 public class myApplet13 extends Applet implements MouseListener {

then in the applet init method I have


then in the applet paint method I have some custom image drawing

 g2.drawImage(img,xoff,yoff,null) ;

and finally I have a mouseClicked(MouseEvent e) method which does some
basic things like reading the screen coordinates and returning the image
coordinates, and the value (in physical units) in the array underlying
the displayed image (so far prints to stdout, I use appletviewer for

In the non working case I have

 public class myApplet17 extends JApplet {

The init method is the standard swing thing from the tutorial which
uses SwingUtilities.invokeAndWait(new Runnable() to run realMain() ;

this in turn invokes a custom class

  private void realMain() {
    myGui=new myGui();

which defines a top tabbed pane and a bottom text area

class myGui extends JPanel {
  JTextArea msg;
  JComponent tabPane;

 myGui() {
     super(new BorderLayout());
     JPanel panel = new JPanel(new GridLayout(2, 1));
     tabPane = new myTabPane();
     msg = new JTextArea(20,80) ;

the tabbed pane consist of 4 tabs

class myTabPane extends JPanel implements myListener {

     myDisplay panel1 ;

 public myTabPane() {
    super(new GridLayout(1, 1));
    JTabbedPane tabbedPane = new JTabbedPane();

  // first tab is main display
    panel1 = new myDisplay() ;

of which the first panel is an invocation of a class corresponding to
the former standalone applet

class myDisplay extends JPanel { // implements MouseListener ?? {

namely its paintComponent(Graphics g) method is the equivalent of the
standalone applet custom image painting (which works)

I have a custom interface

interface myListener extends
 ActionListener,PropertyChangeListener,ItemListener {

which collects the listeners used by the various buttons etc. in the
tabbed pane

I tried adding MouseListener there, or to the myDisplay (commented

interface myListener extends
 ActionListener,PropertyChangeListener,ItemListener,MouseListener {

and to place addMouseListener(this); in different places, but in all
cases I get no effect.

Where should I do this ?

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