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Fixed Container

The Fixed container allows you to place widgets at a fixed position within its window, relative to its upper left hand corner. The position of the widgets can be changed dynamically. There are only a few methods associated with the fixed widget.

You can create a new Fixed widget with the following constructors:


Fixed(Widget& widget, int x, int y);

The first constructor creates an empty fixed container and the second creates a fixed container an places the specified 'widget' fixed at position 'x' and 'y'.

void put(Widget& widget, int x, int y);

void move(Widget& widget, int x, int y);

The put() method places widget in the container fixed at the position specified by x and y. The move() method allows the specified widget to be moved to a new position.

void set_has_window(bool has_window);

bool get_has_window() const;

Normally, Fixed widgets don't have their own X window. Since this is different from the behaviour of Fixed widgets in earlier releases of GTK, the method set_has_window() allows the creation of Fixed widgets with their own window. It has to be called before realizing the widget.

Fixed Container Example

The following example illustrates how to use the Fixed Container. It displays a window that contains three buttons inside a fixed container. Each time you click on a button it moves to a new fixed position.

The header file for the Fixed container example is <fixed.hh>:

#include <xfc/main.hh>
#include <xfc/gtk/button.hh>
#include <xfc/gtk/fixed.h>
#include <xfc/gtk/window.hh>

using namespace Inti;

class FixedWindow : public Gtk::Window
    int x;
    int y;
    Gtk::Fixed *fixed;

    void on_move_button(Gtk::Button *button);

    virtual ~FixedWindow();

and the source file is <fixed.cc>:

#include "fixed.hh"

: x(30), y(50), fixed(0)
    set_title("Fixed Container");

    // Create a Fixed Container
    fixed = new Gtk::Fixed;

    for (int i = 1 ; i <= 3 ; i++)
        // Creates a new button with the label "Press me"
        Gtk::Button *button = new Gtk::Button("Press me");

        // When the button receives the "clicked" signal, it will call the move_button() slot
        // passing it the Fixed Container as its argument.
        button->signal_clicked().connect(sigc::bind(sigc::mem_fun(this, &FixedWindow::on_move_button), button));

        // This packs the button into the fixed containers window.
        fixed->put(*button, i * 50, i * 50);

        // The final step is to display this newly created widget.


FixedWindow::on_move_button(Gtk::Button *button)
    x = (x + 30) % 300;
    y = (y + 50) % 300;
    fixed->move(*button, x, y);


Compiling Fixed

If you compiled and installed XFC yourself, you will find the source code for Fixed in the <examples/howto/fixed> source directory along with a Makefile. If XFC came pre-installed, or you installed it from an RPM package, you will find the source code in the </usr/share/doc/xfcui-X.X/examples/howto/fixed> subdirectory. In this case you will have to create the Makefile yourself (replace X.X with the version number of the libXFCui library you have installed).

To create a Makefile for Fixed, add the following lines to a new text file and save it using the name "Makefile":

CC = g++

CFLAGS = -Wall -O2

fixed: fixed.cc fixed.hh
    $(CC) fixed.cc -o fixed $(CFLAGS) `pkg-config xfcui-X.X --cflags --libs`

    rm -f *.o fixed

If you cut and paste these lines make sure the whitespace before $(CC) and rm is a tab character. When you compile and run this program you will see the following window appear:

The XFC_MAIN macro is a convenience macro that writes a simple main function, its only argument is the name of the main window class. The macro is defined in <xfc/main.hh> as:

#define XFC_MAIN(MainWidget)\
    int main (int argc, char *argv[])\
        Xfc::Main::init(&argc, &argv);\
        MainWidget main_widget;\
        return 0;\

Most main functions in C++ are as simple as this because all the creation work for the main window is done inside its constructor, not the main function.

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