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Bug 67764

Summary: Matisse - Helper for parsing XML form
Product: guibuilder Reporter: droida38 <droida38>
Component: CodeAssignee: issues@guibuilder <issues>
Status: NEW ---    
Severity: blocker    
Priority: P3    
Version: 5.x   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Issue Type: ENHANCEMENT Exception Reporter:

Description droida38 2005-10-29 11:46:22 UTC
What I think would be *really* cool, where if Matisse offered the possiblity to
export the generated layout to XML, and also provided a parser to turn the XML
back into a layout.

To apply the layout on my application I would have to use a 'GroupLayoutParser'
that would parse the XML and ask my application for the components using some

My application would implement something like:

Interface GroupLayoutComponentSupplier {
  public Component getComponent(String name);

And to populate the GUI I would call something like:

File xmlfile = new File(mylayout.xml);
JPanel panel = GroupLayoutParser.doLayoutPanel(xmlfile, this); // this
instanceof GroupLayoutComponentSupplier

That way I would get rid of all the autogenerated layout code, and be able to
reuse a layout. Maybe I could even allow the users of the application to
rearrange the gui as it no longer affects the code (as long as components are
not added).
Comment 1 droida38 2005-10-30 00:11:49 UTC
What I was not aware of, when I wrote the previous mail, is that the .form file
contains the layout in xml. So I guess what I'm really requesting is a
FormFileParser that will parse the .form file and requests the components from
my application - then return a complete panel.
Comment 2 droida38 2005-10-31 11:20:31 UTC
This feature will ease implementaion of MVC / PresentationModel pattern.