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From fabian <>
Subject Re: [EXT] disable/enable toolbar functions
Date Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:04:44 GMT
Hi Ariel,

thx again for the example, it gave me a way better understanding for the concept of listeners
and dispatch objects.

In my case I used only a base dispatch class (as created by netbeans) and an instance of it,
for each control command. All I actually needed yet was a listener helper with correct synchronization
and a static map/list combo to store the listeners. 

Right now I am trying to also disable the controls in the menubar but  I think there is a
good example for that in the SDK (

I would like to ask one more thing related to using an external graphics library for dialogs.
I am using Swing to build dialogs since I need to build more complex dialogs than possible
with UNO/AWT. Since I am working on a mac I got to learn pretty fast that I have to run AWT/Swing
in its own Thread in order to avoid the error:
"Apple AWT Java VM was loaded on first thread -- can't start AWT."

Naturally this causes that OpenOffice is still accessible while the dialog pops up. So the
question is, is there anything like putting OpenOffice to sleep while a dialog is open?


On Jan 26, 2012, at 5:29 PM, fabian wrote:

> Hi Ariel,
> wow thx for the java example, I appreciate it very much!  I will go through it and figure
out what I am doing wrong. 
> best,
> Fabian
> On Jan 26, 2012, at 2:56 PM, Ariel Constenla-Haile wrote:
>> Hi Fabian,
>> On Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:04:35PM -0300, Ariel Constenla-Haile wrote:
>>> It looks as if you had some issues translating the code from C++ to
>>> Java, on the other hand the C++ has some issues if you want to implement
>>> it in a real-world use case (where you send status updates according to
>>> the current selection, etc).
>>> I see if I can write some simple example, real-world oriented.
>> See
>> In a lack of imagination, I took the dummy shape example. The extensions
>> add a toolbar in Writer with two edit fields, displaying the Title and
>> Description of the currently selected shape. Of course, when no shape is
>> selected in the current view, the controls are disabled.
>> Notice that I wrote it fast and without much testing, so be warned.
>> This is a complex subject, so the better way to understand it is to
>> select "Debug Extension in Target" inside NetBeans, set
>> break point on the ProtocolHandler implementation, and start debugging
>> specially from queryDispatch().
>> Regards
>> -- 
>> Ariel Constenla-Haile
>> La Plata, Argentina

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