Synth Look and Feel
According to Sun, goals for synth were:
- Enable to create custom look without writing any code.
- Allow appearance to be configured from images.
- Provide the ability to customize the look of a component based on its named properties.
- Provide a centralized point for overriding the look of all components.
- Enable custom rendering based on images, or user-defined
However synth does not provide a default look, and components that are not defined in the synth XML file will not be painted. It is however possible to assign a default style to all other widgets, and customize styles for some specific widgets only.
The following XML declaration defines a style named textfield and binds it to all text fields. The defaultStyle allows to set a default font, foreground and background colors to all other widgets.
<synth> <style id="defaultStyle"> <font name="Verdana" size="16"/> <state> <color value="WHITE" type="BACKGROUND"/> <color value="BLACK" type="FOREGROUND"/> </state> </style> <bind style="defaultStyle" type="region" key=".*"/> <style id="textfield"> <state> <color value="yellow" type="BACKGROUND"/> </state> <imagePainter method="textFieldBorder" path="textfieldborder.png" sourceInsets="5 6 6 7" paintCenter="false"/> <insets top="5" left="6" bottom="6" right="7"/> </style> <bind style="textfield" type="region" key="TextField"/> </synth>
Supposing that the XML declaration is defined in a file named synthExample.xml, the following code loads the XML definition file and sets the current look and feel to synth (loading a synth Look and Feel is done using the load method of the
SynthLookAndFeel laf = new SynthLookAndFeel(); laf.load(new File("synthExample.xml").toURL()); UIManager.setLookAndFeel(laf);
- Scott Violet (2004-03-26). "The Synth Look and Feel". javadesktop.org. Retrieved 2013-03-09. "Synth is new and provides for the description of the look and feel through an external XML file."
- "Taming Tiger: Ocean and Synth meet Metal". IBM. 2004-10-19. Retrieved 2012-11-13. "Synth is new and provides for the description of the look and feel through an external XML file."
- "Nimbus Look and Feel (The Java Tutorials > Creating a GUI With JFC/Swing > Modifying the Look and Feel)". Sun Microsystems. Retrieved 2010-07-01.
- "Advanced Synth". IBM. 2005-02-01. Retrieved 2012-11-13. "Synth lets developers rapidly create and deploy custom looks for an application by introducing the concept of a "skin" to Java UI programming"
Synth Look and FeelAPI documentation
- synth file format
- synth tutorial
- another synth tutorial
- nimbus home page
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