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GtkFixed

GtkFixed — A container which allows you to position widgets at fixed coordinates

Synopsis


#include <gtk/gtk.h>


            GtkFixed;
            GtkFixedChild;
GtkWidget*  gtk_fixed_new                   (void);
void        gtk_fixed_put                   (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             GtkWidget *widget,
                                             gint x,
                                             gint y);
void        gtk_fixed_move                  (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             GtkWidget *widget,
                                             gint x,
                                             gint y);
gboolean    gtk_fixed_get_has_window        (GtkFixed *fixed);
void        gtk_fixed_set_has_window        (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             gboolean has_window);


Object Hierarchy


  GObject
   +----GtkObject
         +----GtkWidget
               +----GtkContainer
                     +----GtkFixed

Implemented Interfaces

GtkFixed implements AtkImplementorIface.

Child Properties


  "x"                    gint                  : Read / Write
  "y"                    gint                  : Read / Write

Description

The GtkFixed widget is a container which can place child widgets at fixed positions and with fixed sizes, given in pixels. GtkFixed performs no automatic layout management.

For most applications, you should not use this container! It keeps you from having to learn about the other GTK+ containers, but it results in broken applications. With GtkFixed, the following things will result in truncated text, overlapping widgets, and other display bugs:

  • Themes, which may change widget sizes.

  • Fonts other than the one you used to write the app will of course change the size of widgets containing text; keep in mind that users may use a larger font because of difficulty reading the default, or they may be using Windows or the framebuffer port of GTK+, where different fonts are available.

  • Translation of text into other languages changes its size. Also, display of non-English text will use a different font in many cases.

In addition, the fixed widget can't properly be mirrored in right-to-left languages such as Hebrew and Arabic. i.e. normally GTK+ will flip the interface to put labels to the right of the thing they label, but it can't do that with GtkFixed. So your application will not be usable in right-to-left languages.

Finally, fixed positioning makes it kind of annoying to add/remove GUI elements, since you have to reposition all the other elements. This is a long-term maintenance problem for your application.

If you know none of these things are an issue for your application, and prefer the simplicity of GtkFixed, by all means use the widget. But you should be aware of the tradeoffs.

Details

GtkFixed

typedef struct _GtkFixed GtkFixed;

The GtkFixed-struct struct contains the following fields. (These fields should be considered read-only. They should never be set by an application.)

GList *children;a list of GtkFixedChild elements, containing the child widgets and their positions.


GtkFixedChild

typedef struct {
  GtkWidget *widget;
  gint x;
  gint y;
} GtkFixedChild;

The GtkFixedChild-struct struct contains the following fields. (These fields should be considered read-only. They should never be set by an application.)

GtkWidget *widget;the child GtkWidget.
gint x;the horizontal position of the widget within the GtkFixed container.
gint y;the vertical position of the widget within the GtkFixed container.


gtk_fixed_new ()

GtkWidget*  gtk_fixed_new                   (void);

Creates a new GtkFixed.

Returns :a new GtkFixed.

gtk_fixed_put ()

void        gtk_fixed_put                   (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             GtkWidget *widget,
                                             gint x,
                                             gint y);

Adds a widget to a GtkFixed container at the given position.

fixed :a GtkFixed.
widget :the widget to add.
x :the horizontal position to place the widget at.
y :the vertical position to place the widget at.

gtk_fixed_move ()

void        gtk_fixed_move                  (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             GtkWidget *widget,
                                             gint x,
                                             gint y);

Moves a child of a GtkFixed container to the given position.

fixed :a GtkFixed.
widget :the child widget.
x :the horizontal position to move the widget to.
y :the vertical position to move the widget to.

gtk_fixed_get_has_window ()

gboolean    gtk_fixed_get_has_window        (GtkFixed *fixed);

Gets whether the GtkFixed has its own GdkWindow. See gdk_fixed_set_has_window().

fixed : a GtkWidget
Returns : TRUE if fixed has its own window.

gtk_fixed_set_has_window ()

void        gtk_fixed_set_has_window        (GtkFixed *fixed,
                                             gboolean has_window);

Sets whether a GtkFixed widget is created with a separate GdkWindow for widget->window or not. (By default, it will be created with no separate GdkWindow). This function must be called while the GtkFixed is not realized, for instance, immediately after the window is created.

This function was added to provide an easy migration path for older applications which may expect GtkFixed to have a separate window.

fixed : a GtkFixed
has_window : TRUE if a separate window should be created

Child Properties

The "x" child property

  "x"                    gint                  : Read / Write

X position of child widget.

Default value: 0


The "y" child property

  "y"                    gint                  : Read / Write

Y position of child widget.

Default value: 0