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Re: Can nobody help me? Re: selecting a column in a grid

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  • Subject: [mg98312] Re: Can nobody help me? Re: selecting a column in a grid
  • From: "Sjoerd C. de Vries" <sjoerd.c.devries at>
  • Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2009 06:40:22 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi Paul,

Cool down ;-) Try this for inspiration:

   {col=Black, pos = {i, j}},
    Style[RandomInteger[{0, 1000000}], FontColor -> Dynamic[col]],
    {"MouseDown" :> (clickpos = pos; col = Red),
     "MouseUp" :> (col = Black)}
   ], {i, 5}, {j, 5}]

Cheers -- Sjoerd

On Apr 4, 3:12 am, "Paul Ellsmore" <paul.ellsm... at> wrote:
> The key point in this problem is that the columns are not equal widths, a=
> in fact are variable width, depending on the particular data displayed. S=
o I
> set ItemSize to automatic, so that each column width is defined by the da=
> The trouble is that MousePosition gives me coordinates that are a linear
> function of the position in the grid, but the columns are not linearly
> spaced in the Grid, so how do I know which column the mouse is in?
> I need one of three things, all three of which are beyond my skills:
> 1) I could get the actual values that ItemSize is set to when Automatic i=
> used. CurrentValue[ItemSize] doesn't work. Anyone got an alternative?
> 2) I could calculate what values ItemSize will be set to by looking at th=
> type and  number of characters in each grid cell, knowing the font size=
> font family, cell margins, frame linewidth etc. But I don't have access t=
> the information needed - how many pixels does a Courier Size 10 "n" take =
> 3) I could use EventHandler in a better way. Currently I wrap it around t=
> whole Grid, but if I could wrap it around a cell, that would work for me.=
> syntax that I have tried works - should I try using GridBox, or is there =
> obvious better idea?
> Nobody got any ideas at all? What kind of language is this, where you can=
> even select a column in a table?
> Cheers,
> Paul.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Ellsmore [mailto:paul.ellsm... at]
> Sent: 01 April 2009 11:55
> Subject:  selecting a column in a grid
> Hi,
> I have a tricky problem with a graphical user interface. I have a grid of
> data, and I want to be able to MouseClick in the grid to either select a =
> or a column. Using GUIKit, this is trivial, but I want to be able to
> distribute my program using PlayerPro, which won't support GUIKit.
> Selecting a row is straightforward using EventHandler and
> EventHandlerScaled, since I know how many rows there are and they are all
> one line in height. However, the column widths change according to the da=
> since I have set ItemSize to Auto. So is there some way of retrieving the
> actual values used in ItemSize, when Auto is used? I have tried
> CurrentValue[ItemSize] in many variations, but it always fails.
> I could, of course, look at the data that will be in the grid, and comput=
> the widths of each column accordingly, and synthesize the values that
> ItemSize will take. To do that, though, I would need to know what the pix=
> width of a particular text string will be, which varies with font family,
> size etc. Is there an easy way to do this? This is essentially what
> Mathematica does when ItemSize is set to Auto, but I have no idea how to =
> it myself.
> Currently I have EventHandler wrapped around the whole grid. Is it possib=
> to wrap it around each individual cell in a grid? I have tried a few idea=
> but they don't seem to work. The documentation suggests that EventHandler
> can be wrapped around any expression, but that doesn't seem to be the cas=
> or at least the wrapped expression doesn't seem to display properly insid=
> other constructs, such as Grid, Column etc.
> Is there some better approach I could take, rather than using EventHandle=
> All ideas gratefully received.
> Cheers,
> Paul.
> Dr. Paul A. Ellsmore
> Nanion Limited
> Oxford Centre for Innovation
> Mill Street
> Oxford
> United Kingdom
> OX2 0JX
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