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The class of the
lamp control. The
widget-window of the
control is a member of the
The lamp control is a colored shape (a circle, rectangle, triangle, or diamond) which can be on or off, or can blink between on and off. The on and off colors may be any colors, and may be changed at any time. A single lamp widget can optionally display an entire rectangular array of lamp images, which may individually be on or off or blinking, and may be different colors.
property of the widget may be
t (meaning the
lamp is on),
nil (meaning it is off),
:blinking (meaning it switches between on and off,
with the interval determined by blink-off-milliseconds and blink-on-milliseconds),
or an array of such values. The lamp displays its on-color when it is on, and its
off-color when it
property value is
nil by default, in which
case the effective off-color is derived automatically from the on-color and the off-color-factor. The off-color-factor is a number between
zero and one by which to multiply the on-color RGB values to produce a dimmer version
of the same hue for the off state.
The lamp-shape property may be
:diamond to draw
the lamp in a particular shape. The border around the lamp is
controlled with the border-color and border-width properties (where a border-width of zero would draw no
The title property may be
either a string to display on one side of the lamp, or else
nil to display no string. The title-side property may be
:bottom to position
the title on a particular side of the lamp image, or
:center to position the title within the (typically
rectangular) lamp image. As with other widgets, the font property determines the font with which to
draw the title string.
The size of the lamp image within the widget may be specified
explicitly by setting the lamp-width and lamp-height properties to the desired pixel
size. By default these properties are
instead, which means use the size ten pixels. The positioning of a
single lamp image or an array of them is affected by the outer-horizontal-margin, inner-horizontal-margin, outer-vertical-margin, and inner-vertical-margin properties. The
"outer" margins are between the image and the edge of the widget,
while the "inner" margins are between the lamp image and the title, or
between the multiple lamp images when the value property is an array
(see below). The outer margins are particularly useful when laying out
lamps on a form, allowing you to snap the widgets up against each
other without the lamp images or title strings running into each
By default, lamp images are placed near one or two sides of the widget to leave all remaining space for any labels. But if the center-all property is turned on, then all images and labels are centered as a group within the widget.
To make a lamp widget display a rectangular grid of lamp images, set
the value property to be a
two-dimensional array, where the major dimension of the array
indicates the row, and the minor dimension the column. Each value in
the array should be either
:blinking to specify the
state of each lamp in the grid. When the value property is an array, then the title and title-side properties are not used, and the
following properties are used instead: row-labels, column-labels, row-label-side, column-label-side, row-label-margin, column-label-margin, row-label-offset, column-label-offset, and column-label-orientation. The lamp shape will be
the same for all lamps in the grid, and any blinking lamps will blink
in unison. The on-color and
off-color properties may be an
array of the same dimensions as the value array to make each image use
a different color; if off-color is
an off-color will be derived
for each image individually.
Replacing any lamp property will automatically update the appearance of the widget, as usual, either on a form or at runtime. But when the value is an array, it is simpler and more efficient to modify the existing array object, rather than consing up a new array for each change. Since the value property remains the same object in this case, the widget will not update itself automatically. To cause the widget to update its appearance after modifying the array object, call update-lamp.
A lamp widget can be displayed in one or more cells of a
grid-widget. To do so, create the
lamp dialog-item as usual, but do not place it onto a parent window
(which you would normally do either by including the lamp widget in
the list of dialog-items of
the parent window, or by calling add-component). Instead, associate the lamp
dialog-item with a
grid-widget in one of the two following ways.
Thereafter, whenever you modify properties of the lamp dialog-item,
the changes will automatically be drawn in any grid cells that display
To make a column of lamp cells, use the
lamp-column-mixin class along with the
widget-row-mixin class, as usual
when using the various
widget-column-mixin classes in a
grid-widget. The lamp-widget property of the
grid-column will be the actual lamp dialog-item.
The Employee Grid example in the IDE's Navigator Dialog includes a lamp
column. That example has grown rather large, so search for
lamp-column-mixin and then for the
stressed-column class that uses that mixin.
Below is the code from that example that makes the lamp column (with a
few properties removed here). It uses the data-reader property to read a value from an
stressed slot, then the data-read-converter property to
convert the user value
:extremely from the
stressed slot to the value
:blinking for the lamp widget to handle in the
usual way. The title-reader
property is used to make a title string to display in each cell. A
sort-predicate is specified in case the user sorts the grid rows by
that grid column, to sort the blinking cells to the top, followed by
on cells, and finally the
off cells at the bottom. And finally the lamp-widget property is set to be a
real lamp widget. Its wrapping property is turned on to make the
labels fit better in a narrow grid column.
(make-instance 'stressed-column ;; a subclass of lamp-column-mixin :name :stressed :data-reader 'stressed :data-read-converter (lambda (user-value) (case user-value (:extremely :blinking) (t user-value))) :title-reader (lambda (employee) (format nil "Is ~:(~a~) stressed?" (name employee))) :sort-predicate (lambda (a b) (or (eq a :blinking) (and a (not b)))) :lamp-widget (make-instance 'lamp :outer-horizontal-margin 8 :inner-horizontal-margin 10 :wrapping t))
To add a lamp to a single arbitrary grid cell, write a cell-widget method (as usual for
widgets in individual cells). When the grid-row
and grid-column arguments to the method indicate
a cell that should contain a lamp, then the method should return two
values, which are the keyword symbol
:lamp and the
actual lamp dialog-item to be displayed there. See cell-widget for more information. The cell-widget example in the IDE's
Navigator Dialog also displays an arrayed lamp in one cell.
Here is an example that creates a simple lamp and an arrayed lamp on a dialog.
(let* ((simple-lamp (make-instance 'lamp :value t :on-color green :title "Simple Lamp" :left 20 :top 20 :width 160 :height 24)) (array-lamp (make-instance 'lamp :value #2a((nil t nil) (t nil :blinking) (:blinking t t)) :on-color #2a((#.yellow #.light-blue #.red) (#.yellow #.light-blue #.red) (#.yellow #.light-blue #.red)) :row-labels '("One" "Two" "Three") :column-labels '("Apple" "Blueberry" "Cherry") :column-label-orientation :vertical :row-label-side :right :lamp-shape :triangle :lamp-height 12 :lamp-width 16 :row-label-margin 10 :column-label-margin 8 :inner-horizontal-margin 8 :center-all nil :left 20 :top 60 :width 160 :height 120))) (make-window :lamp-example :class 'dialog :title "Lamp Example" :resizable nil :dialog-items (list simple-lamp array-lamp) :interior (make-box-relative 300 100 200 200)))
A diagram of window and widget classes is shown in Widget and window classes in cgide.htm.
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Documentation for Allegro CL version 8.1. The object described on this page has been modified in the 8.1 release; see the Release Notes.
|Allegro CL version 8.1|
Object described on page has changed in 8.1.