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AWT needs to provide API or properties to support Windows XP Themes

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    • Enhancement
    • Resolution: Won't Fix
    • P4
    • None
    • 1.4.0, 1.4.1
    • client-libs
    • x86
    • windows_xp

    Description

      Win XP has a new API set to get and set Themes (UI visual styles). In order for Swing to access this functionality, AWT must provide methods or properties to support this new functionality.



      Name: gm110360 Date: 07/11/2002


      FULL PRODUCT VERSION :
      java version "1.4.0"
      Java(TM) 2 Runtime Environment, Standard Edition (build 1.4.0-b92)
      Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 1.4.0-b92, mixed mode)

      FULL OPERATING SYSTEM VERSION :
      Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]

      A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM :
      The use of light-weight themes in Swing makes the
      application look like a second-class citizen, even though
      the theme would probably look fine if the entire desktop
      was skinned that way.

      Please make a WindowsXPLookAndFeel that uses the
      OpenThemeData() native API function for the corresponding
      native widget and then draws the widget onto a memory
      device context using the DrawThemeXxx APIs. The memory
      context is then copied onto the Java Graphics.

      I believe there is similar functionality available in the
      GtkStyleClass interface to also implement a GtkLookAndFeel
      for GNOME desktops, which is used in Solaris and some
      GNU/Linux distributions (notably RedHat, for which the JRE
      is supported).

      I would guess an approach like this is how Apple has
      managed to make Java apps look integrated on their platform.

      Related RFEs: 4616188, 4319803

      STEPS TO FOLLOW TO REPRODUCE THE PROBLEM :
      Fire up SwingSet on a Windows XP machine with the Luna
      theme installed. It will look alien.

      EXPECTED VERSUS ACTUAL BEHAVIOR :
      A user would expect it to look like any other application
      on his/her desktop.

      REPRODUCIBILITY :
      This bug can be reproduced always.

      CUSTOMER WORKAROUND :
      Implement your own look and feel that is backed by a native
      library. Not the thing you are most likely to get approval
      from your boss to spend time on, though.
      (Review ID: 159219)
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