Re: Windows XP Platform L

"Ian Wilson" <ian.wilson@THRWHITE.remove-dii-this>
Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:25:56 GMT
Karsten Lentzsch wrote:

Ian Wilson wrote:

JGoodies WindowsLookAndFeel eliminates these problems.
However it does ugly things to JButton sizes (presumably because
JForms handles this) which I have to work around.

The JGoodies Windows L&f uses the native command button margins
by default. You can get wider non-native margins by calling

Thanks Karsten,

I have now tried that (see test app [1] below) but didn't see any
difference in the button margins. I've had a quick glance at the Looks
docs but don't yet see where I am going wrong.

If you want to comply with the Windows style guide
you should use the native margins, and ensure a
minimum command button width of 50 Dialog Units.

If I was using JGoodies FormLayout then using DLUs would be easy.
However I have used a mixture of other layout managers and don't relish
the idea of conversion (just yet anyway).

In my real app, to get equal sized buttons, I am doing this:
         Dimension buttonSize = (
                new JButton("XXXXXXXX")).getPreferredSize();
This is horrible but will suffice until I find something better, or
until I need to localize the label text, or ... :-)

[1] Test program showing no effect from Options.setUseNarrowButtons(false)
import java.awt.BorderLayout;

import javax.swing.JButton;
import javax.swing.JFrame;
import javax.swing.JLabel;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JSpinner;
import javax.swing.JTextField;
import javax.swing.SpinnerDateModel;
import javax.swing.UIManager;

import com.jgoodies.looks.Options;

public class TestFonts extends JPanel {

     TestFonts() {
         add(new JLabel("Lorem Ipsum 21/11/2006"));
         add(new JTextField("Foo", 4));
         SpinnerDateModel dateModel = new SpinnerDateModel();
         JSpinner dateSpinner = new JSpinner(dateModel);
                new JSpinner.DateEditor(dateSpinner, "dd/MM/yyyy"));

     private static void createAndShowGUI() {
         String antialiasing = "swing.aatext";
         if (null == System.getProperty(antialiasing))
             System.setProperty(antialiasing, "true");
         try {
             UIManager.setLookAndFeel(new WindowsLookAndFeel());
         } catch (Exception e) {
             System.out.println("Unable to set LAF");
         Options.setUseNarrowButtons(false); // ******************
         JFrame frame = new JFrame();
         frame.setTitle("Testing fonts");
         JPanel p = (JPanel) frame.getContentPane();
         p.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
         p.add(new TestFonts(), BorderLayout.CENTER);
         p.add(new ButtonPanel(), BorderLayout.SOUTH);


     public static void main(String[] args) {
         javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
             public void run() {

class ButtonPanel extends JPanel {
     ButtonPanel() {
         add(new JButton("OK"));
         add(new JButton("Cancel"));

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