JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.4.2

javax.swing
Class SpringLayout.Constraints

java.lang.Object
  extended byjavax.swing.SpringLayout.Constraints
Enclosing class:
SpringLayout

public static class SpringLayout.Constraints
extends Object

A Constraints object holds the constraints that govern the way a component's size and position change in a container controlled by a SpringLayout. A Constraints object is like a Rectangle, in that it has x, y, width, and height properties. In the Constraints object, however, these properties have Spring values instead of integers. In addition, a Constraints object can be manipulated as four edges -- north, south, east, and west -- using the constraint property.

The following formulas are always true for a Constraints object:

       west = x
      north = y
       east = x + width
      south = y + height
Note: In this document, operators represent methods in the Spring class. For example, "a + b" is equal to Spring.sum(a, b), and "a - b" is equal to Spring.sum(a, Spring.minus(b)). See the Spring API documentation for further details of spring arithmetic.

Because a Constraints object's properties -- representing its edges, size, and location -- can all be set independently and yet are interrelated, the object can become over-constrained. For example, if both the x and width properties are set and then the east edge is set, the object is over-constrained horizontally. When this happens, one of the values (in this case, the x property) automatically changes so that the formulas still hold.

The following table shows which value changes when a Constraints object is over-constrained horizontally.

Value Being Set
(method used)
Result When Over-Constrained Horizontally
(x, width, and the east edge are all non-null)
x or the west edge
(setX or setConstraint)
width value is automatically set to east - x.
width
(setWidth)
east edge's value is automatically set to x + width.
east edge
(setConstraint)
x value is automatically set to east - width.

The rules for the vertical properties are similar:

Value Being Set
(method used)
Result When Over-Constrained Vertically
(y, height, and the south edge are all non-null)
y or the north edge
(setY or setConstraint)
height value is automatically set to south - y.
height
(setHeight)
south edge's value is automatically set to y + height.
south edge
(setConstraint)
y value is automatically set to south - height.


Constructor Summary
SpringLayout.Constraints()
          Creates an empty Constraints object.
SpringLayout.Constraints(Spring x, Spring y)
          Creates a Constraints object with the specified values for its x and y properties.
SpringLayout.Constraints(Spring x, Spring y, Spring width, Spring height)
          Creates a Constraints object with the specified values for its x, y, width, and height properties.
 
Method Summary
 Spring getConstraint(String edgeName)
          Returns the value of the specified edge.
 Spring getHeight()
          Returns the value of the height property.
 Spring getWidth()
          Returns the value of the width property.
 Spring getX()
          Returns the value of the x property.
 Spring getY()
          Returns the value of the y property.
 void setConstraint(String edgeName, Spring s)
          Sets the spring controlling the specified edge.
 void setHeight(Spring height)
          Sets the height property, which controls the height of a component.
 void setWidth(Spring width)
          Sets the width property, which controls the width of a component.
 void setX(Spring x)
          Sets the x property, which controls the x value of a component's location.
 void setY(Spring y)
          Sets the y property, which controls the y value of a component's location.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Constructor Detail

SpringLayout.Constraints

public SpringLayout.Constraints()
Creates an empty Constraints object.


SpringLayout.Constraints

public SpringLayout.Constraints(Spring x,
                                Spring y)
Creates a Constraints object with the specified values for its x and y properties. The height and width springs have null values.

Parameters:
x - the spring controlling the component's x value
y - the spring controlling the component's y value

SpringLayout.Constraints

public SpringLayout.Constraints(Spring x,
                                Spring y,
                                Spring width,
                                Spring height)
Creates a Constraints object with the specified values for its x, y, width, and height properties. Note: If the SpringLayout class encounters null values in the Constraints object of a given component, it replaces them with suitable defaults.

Parameters:
x - the spring value for the x property
y - the spring value for the y property
width - the spring value for the width property
height - the spring value for the height property
Method Detail

setX

public void setX(Spring x)
Sets the x property, which controls the x value of a component's location.

Parameters:
x - the spring controlling the x value of a component's location
See Also:
getX(), SpringLayout.Constraints

getX

public Spring getX()
Returns the value of the x property.

Returns:
the spring controlling the x value of a component's location
See Also:
setX(javax.swing.Spring), SpringLayout.Constraints

setY

public void setY(Spring y)
Sets the y property, which controls the y value of a component's location.

Parameters:
y - the spring controlling the y value of a component's location
See Also:
getY(), SpringLayout.Constraints

getY

public Spring getY()
Returns the value of the y property.

Returns:
the spring controlling the y value of a component's location
See Also:
setY(javax.swing.Spring), SpringLayout.Constraints

setWidth

public void setWidth(Spring width)
Sets the width property, which controls the width of a component.

Parameters:
width - the spring controlling the width of this Constraints object
See Also:
getWidth(), SpringLayout.Constraints

getWidth

public Spring getWidth()
Returns the value of the width property.

Returns:
the spring controlling the width of a component
See Also:
setWidth(javax.swing.Spring), SpringLayout.Constraints

setHeight

public void setHeight(Spring height)
Sets the height property, which controls the height of a component.

Parameters:
height - the spring controlling the height of this Constraints object
See Also:
getHeight(), SpringLayout.Constraints

getHeight

public Spring getHeight()
Returns the value of the height property.

Returns:
the spring controlling the height of a component
See Also:
setHeight(javax.swing.Spring), SpringLayout.Constraints

setConstraint

public void setConstraint(String edgeName,
                          Spring s)
Sets the spring controlling the specified edge. The edge must have one of the following values: SpringLayout.NORTH, SpringLayout.SOUTH, SpringLayout.EAST, SpringLayout.WEST.

Parameters:
edgeName - the edge to be set
s - the spring controlling the specified edge
See Also:
getConstraint(java.lang.String), SpringLayout.NORTH, SpringLayout.SOUTH, SpringLayout.EAST, SpringLayout.WEST, SpringLayout.Constraints

getConstraint

public Spring getConstraint(String edgeName)
Returns the value of the specified edge. The edge must have one of the following values: SpringLayout.NORTH, SpringLayout.SOUTH, SpringLayout.EAST, SpringLayout.WEST.

Parameters:
edgeName - the edge whose value is to be returned
Returns:
the spring controlling the specified edge
See Also:
setConstraint(java.lang.String, javax.swing.Spring), SpringLayout.NORTH, SpringLayout.SOUTH, SpringLayout.EAST, SpringLayout.WEST, SpringLayout.Constraints

JavaTM 2 Platform
Std. Ed. v1.4.2

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