Windows are the top-level unit of design for Vision projects. A window is identified by its path, which is the name of all its parent folders plus its name, with forward slashes (/) in between. For example, the path to a window in the top level called MainWindow would simply be its name, whereas the path to a window named UserOptions under a folder called OptionsWindows would be: OptionsWindows/UserOptions.
A window may display a Titlebar and/or a Border. The titlebar allows the user to drag the window around in the client, and houses the window's close and maximize/restore buttons. The border of a window can be used to resize the window in the client when it is floating or docked. Whether on not the titlebar and border are displayed depends on the values of the window's titlebar and border display policy properties, and its current state. Commonly, a window will display both a titlebar and border when it is configured as a popup. It is often desirable to remove titlebars and borders on main windows so they join seamlessly with docked windows.
The user manual describes different Window Types, but technically there is only a single window object in the Vision module: different "types" of windows are simply instances of the window object configured in different ways. See Window Types for more information about changing types.
Inside a window is always the Root Container. The Root Container is where you will place all of your components in the window. This is exactly the same as a normal container component except that it cannot be deleted. When in the designer, "resizing" the window from the main Vision workspace is really changing the size of the Root Container.
Window Opening Event Order
Window objects have several event handlers that trigger when the window opens. However, each event handler occurs at a separate time. Because of this, it is important to understand the order that these events occur:
Opening a window - When opening a window for the first time in a designer, the following event handlers are called in order:
- visionWindowOpened - Important to notice the description on this event: it occurs before any bindings on the window are evaluated.
- internalFrameOpened - If the window has been cached, this will not fire on sequential opens.
- internalFrameActivated - The last event, but also repeatable while the window is opened, since this event will trigger again if the window loses and then regains focus without being closed in between.
Closing a window - When closing a window, the following event handlers are called in order:
- internalFrameClosing - This event would be ideal to "clean up" in the window, since the window is still technically open at this point.
- visionWindowClosed - Triggers when the window is closed. Functionally, this is similar to internalFrameClosed, but happens slightly earlier.
- internalFrameDeactivated - This triggers when the window is closed, or when the window loses focus, so you may want to avoid this event if your script should only trigger when the window is closed.
- internalFrameClosed - Similar to visionWindowClosed. Triggers when the Java windowing system has finished closing the window.
|Border Display Policy|
Determines if the window's border is shown in various window states.
By default this property is set to
Setting this property to
Setting the property to
|Closeable||Determines whether or not to draw the close (X) button in the upper right corner.||boolean||.closable||Behavior|
|Dock Index||Determines the order of docked windows if multiple windows are open on the same edge. Lower numbers are on the outside (closest to the edge the window is docked to), and higher numbers are closer to the center.||int||.dockIndex||Layout|
Determines the position this window is docked to, or if it is floating.
|Layer||Sets the layer that this window is in. Default layer is 0, which is the bottom layer. Windows in higher layers will always be shown on top of windows in layers beneath them. A common strategy for using the layer property is to set Main Windows and Docked windows to 0, Popups to 1 and very important popups to 2.||int||.layer||Layout|
|Location||The starting location that this window will open up at. Only applicable to floating windows that are not set to start maximized. This value will be overridden when an open window script specifies where to open.||Point||.startingLocation||Layout|
|Maximizable||Determines whether or not to draw the maximize button in the upper right corner.||boolean||.maximizable||Behavior|
|Maximum Size||The maximum size that this window will allow itself to be resized to.||Dimension||.maximumSize||Layout|
|Minimum Size||The minimum size that this window will allow itself to be resized to.||Dimension||.minimumSize||Layout|
|Resizable||Determines whether or not to let the user resize the window.||boolean||.resizable||Behavior|
|Size||The dimensions of the window. This can be manipulated by selecting the window and dragging the resize handles along the windows right and bottom edges.||Dimension||.size||Layout|
|Start Maximized||When set to true, the window will become maximized when it is opened.||boolean||.startMaximzied||Behavior|
|Title||The title to be displayed in this window's titlebar. The title is also used in the Client's Windows menu.||String||.title||Appearance|
|Titlebar Display Policy|
Determines if window's titlebar is shown in various window states.
|Titlebar Font||The font of the window title in the titlebar.||Font||.titlebarFont||Appearance|
|Titlebar Height||The height of the window's titlebar.||int||.titlebarHeight||Appearance|
Returns a reference to the Root Container in the window.
Object - a reference to the Root Container, which is functionally just a Vision - Container.
Returns a reference to a component. The path paremeter allows you to specify the full path to the component as a string.
String path - The path to the component, using a period as a delimiter, such as "Root Container.Group.Label".
Object - to the component specified, or None if there is a typo in the path.
This component does not have extension functions associated with it.