Java Menu Bar?

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  1. macrumors member

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    In a a java menu bar, the setMnemonic() method doesn't take a char anymore, it takes an int. They say this is better. WTF? How am I supposed to show a character with an int? Is it the octal character codes?
     
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    lee1210

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    java.awt.event.KeyEvent has static int fields to pass to setMnemonic that corresponds to keys. If I read properly, casting an alphanumeric ASCII character to an int will be equivalent, but for others the members of KeyEvent should be used.

    Docs are your friend. I'd post links, but posting from the phone. The javax.swing.AbstractButton doc describes how to use this.

    -Lee
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah

    I always look at the docs. Usually they help... But they didn't this time. I'll try again.
     
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    Here's my code. I made it a while ago. I still doesn't work >.<

    Code:
    		open = new JMenuItem("Open Command...");
    		open.setMnemonic(KeyEvent.VK_O);
    		open.setAccelerator(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_O,
    			    Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getMenuShortcutKeyMask()));
    		fileMenu.add(open);
     
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    lee1210

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    What happens? Does cmd+O do anything? What should happen when the menu item is selected? Maybe adding the additional code that deals with O is mucking things up?

    -Lee
     
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    As of now, there is no action listener. Even with one I still don't get any sign of command O doing anything. Even without an action listener it should just flicker blue when I press command O, but not do anything. There is nothing else which could mess it up. I tried removing the additional code. Nothing. I got the additional code and thought it did what it was supposed to do. I got the code I thought was going to do it from http://developer.apple.com/document...ormIntegration/NativePlatformIntegration.html
    The only progress I've made is making it show the command symbol (⌘) on the menu.
     
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    lee1210

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    For kicks you might check to see if:
    KeyEvent.VK_O == (int)'O'
    Or
    KeyEvent.VK_O == (int)'o'

    That's more just for your own edification. You might also try passing (int)'O' to setMnemonic to see if that works.

    -Lee

    Edit: after reading the link you posted, it looks like setMnemonic is discouraged, and just the setAccelerator should do. If the item does nothing, how do you know if it was "pressed" or not?
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes!

    I got it! The correct code snippet is:
    Code:
    		//Create the menu bar.
    		menuBar = new JMenuBar();
    		int mask = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit().getMenuShortcutKeyMask();
    
    		//Build the first menu.
    		fileMenu = new JMenu("File");
    		fileMenu.getAccessibleContext().setAccessibleDescription("File");
    		menuBar.add(fileMenu);
    
    		//a group of JMenuItems
    		open = new JMenuItem("Open Command...");
    		open.setAccelerator(KeyStroke.getKeyStroke(KeyEvent.VK_O, mask));
    		open.addActionListener(this);
    		fileMenu.add(open);
    		fileMenu.addSeparator();
    
    Yeah... It works! I tried it with an ActionListener! The top bar doesn't flicker blue when you use the hotkey though... You'd have to click on it to make it do that.
     

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