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From Bill van Melle <bill.van.me...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Applying a style to all elements of a control
Date Tue, 22 Mar 2011 18:45:37 GMT
On Mon, Mar 21, 2011 at 11:38 PM, Chris Bartlett <cbartlett.x@gmail.com>wrote:

> On 22 March 2011 09:26, Bill van Melle <bill.van.melle@gmail.com> wrote:
>> There's a note in the 2.0 change log about "named styles" (
>> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PIVOT-553).  ...
> I think this example goes with that JIRA ticket on named styles.
> http://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/pivot/trunk/examples/src/org/apache/pivot/examples/styles/

I don't get the connection.  It's a visually complicated demo that as best I
can tell is showing a way to experiment with different base colors in the
global terra theme.  I don't see named or typed styles anywhere.

> Styles can be named or typed and are stored in static maps in Component, so
> I don't think it is possible to scope them.  Of course you could use
> different style names for your different BXML files, but that may not help
> you much.
> http://pivot.apache.org/2.0/docs/api/org/apache/pivot/wtk/Component.html#getNamedStyles()
> http://pivot.apache.org/2.0/docs/api/org/apache/pivot/wtk/Component.html#getTypedStyles()
> http://pivot.apache.org/2.0/docs/api/org/apache/pivot/wtk/
> ApplicationContext.html#applyStylesheet(java.lang.String)
> You can apply a stylesheet programmatically like this
> ApplicationContext.applyStylesheet("/fully/qualified/path/to/my_styles_file.json");

If the only way to change the style of, say, a Label is to change the style
of *all* Labels, then that's pretty useless to me.  That's more of a global
skinning facility.

I don't object to having a style name per BXML file, but it's unclear to me
how I make use of it.  Sorry if I'm being obtuse here.  If I have to do
something like this in foo.bxml:

  <bxml:include bxml:id="fooStyle" src="foo_styles.json"/>

and then throughout foo.bxml have markup that looks like

<Label text="..." styles="$fooStyle.labelStyle"/>

well, that's kind of painful.  I was kind of hoping for something I could
put at the top of the bxml file to set styles for the whole file.  I suppose
there could be a programmatic workaround, if there were a function I could
call in Foo.java to walk the component structure of Foo and apply a set of
styles to each node (though it's always nicer to have all the markup in one
place and not separated like that).

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