Re: Laying out a form in java

Lew <>
Fri, 08 Dec 2006 12:33:51 -0500
frank wrote:


I'm trying to generate an application that can run as an applet or
standalone. My 'requirements' are a form (done in MSWord) given to me.

My question is this: Is there a community standard approach to doing
this sort of thing? Currently I'm trying to use GridBagLayout and
although it's brutal, there's no other way I can see to layout
checkboxes, textfields, and labels to resemble the appearance of the

Any response to this will be greatly appreciated.

I can't help much with your primary question, except to say that GridBagLayout
is probably the best choice from the JDK. There are other layout managers
around, some of them free, that may make life easier. I am willing to bet that
others here will indicate some of them, and Google (IYF) can help there, too.

I am here to warn about copy-pasting text directly from MS Word documents. I
have been on many projects (particularly Web app projects) where text was
copied from Word to application source via the Windows clipboard. This causes
trouble because Word uses all kinds of characters, usually from the CP1252
character set, like left double-quote and right double-quote, that you might
not realize are there. Pasted into application source, these characters can
fail to render correctly in the target environment.

- Lew

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