Re: Text orientation

Knute Johnson <>
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 20:29:52 -0700
On 8/24/2014 17:40, Martin Gregorie wrote:

I will soon need to write a scheduling program that manipulates a
rectangular matrix with a list of personal names labelling the columns
and dates labelling the rows. This aspect, along with the processes
needed to load data into the matrix, manipulate it and save it are well -
understood, but I have a display formatting issue with the column labels:
is there any way that a Java program can align these labels vertically
like most spreadsheets can, i.e. display the names vertically with the
first letter at the top? The matrix I need to display can run to 25 or so
rows and columns but each cell can be quite small (think of holding two
10pt characters), which means the whole matrix should easily fit onto a
display if the column labels can be painted as vertically aligned text.

I can't find any hint that this may be possible with AWT/Swing, but did I
miss something? Alternatively, is it possible with JavaFX?

Something like this work?

import java.awt.*;
import javax.swing.*;

public class test3 extends JFrame {
     private static final String vertText =
      "<html><body>V<br>e<br>r<br>t<br>i<br>c<br>a<br>l<br> <br>" +
     public test3() {
         add(new JLabel(vertText,JLabel.CENTER),BorderLayout.CENTER);

     public static void main(String... args) {
         EventQueue.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
             public void run() {
                 new test3();


Knute Johnson

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