Hidden Creator Feature: Hierarchy Display

There's a hidden feature in Creator's page designer which lets you view the current selection "context"; it shows the series of parents for the currently selected component, and you can click on any of these to choose the parent. This is useful when you're in the middle of a nested component tree, such as within a data table for example.

The screenshot should get across the point. Various other page design tools offer a similar feature.

This is currently implemented by drawing a gray, semi transparent box on top of the bottom of the page (such that the underlying page can be seen through it), then writing out the component hierarchy, with the current selection in bold. Once the selection is cleared the hiearchy display is removed.

To check it out, run Creator with this flag:

   -J-Ddesigner.paintSelHierarchy=1

Of course, this feature is not supported and may even reboot your computer and cancel your life insurance policy. Perhaps I wasn't even supposed to let you know about it, so let's keep this between the two of us, okay?

This feature will become an official part of Creator one day, but people didn't like it cluttering the design area so it will probably show up in the tab area background instead.

Comments:

Thanks for sharing.
Another (supported I guess) feature is that pressing the 'Escape' key passes the focus on to the immediate parent. Very handy.

-Alexis

Posted by Alexis MP on September 08, 2004 at 01:56 AM PDT #

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