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QPalette Class Reference


The QPalette class contains color groups for each widget state. More...

#include <qpalette.h>

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Detailed Description

The QPalette class contains color groups for each widget state.

A palette consists of three color groups: a active, a disabled and an inactive color group. All widgets contain a palette, and all the widgets in Qt use their palette to draw themselves. This makes the user interface consistent and easily configurable.

If you make a new widget you are strongly advised to use the colors in the palette rather than hard-coding specific colors.

The color groups are:

Of course, both active and inactive windows can contain disabled widgets. (Disabled widgets are often called inaccessible or grayed out.)

In Motif style, active() and inactive() look precisely the same. In Windows 2000 style and Macintosh Platinum style, the two styles look slightly different.

There are setActive(), setInactive() and setDisabled() functions to modify the palette. Qt also supports a normal() group; this is an obsolete alias for active(), supported for backward compatibility.

(The split between normal() and active() prior to Qt 2.1 did not work except in the simplest of cases, hence the change to the current, more powerful design.)

See also QApplication::setPalette(), QWidget::setPalette(), QColorGroup and QColor.

Examples: i18n/main.cpp


Member Function Documentation

QPalette::QPalette ()

Constructs a palette that consists of color groups with only black colors.

QPalette::QPalette ( const QColor & button )

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working, and will probably be removed in a future version of Qt. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Constructs a palette from the button color. The other colors are automatically calculated, based on this color. Background will be the button color as well.

QPalette::QPalette ( const QColor & button, const QColor & background )

Constructs a palette from a button color and a background. The other colors are automatically calculated, based on these colors.

QPalette::QPalette ( const QColorGroup & active, const QColorGroup & disabled, const QColorGroup & inactive )

Constructs a palette that consists of the three color groups active, disabled and inactive. See QPalette for definitions of the color groups and QColorGroup::ColorRole for definitions of each color role in the three groups.

See also QColorGroup, QColorGroup::ColorRole and QPalette.

QPalette::QPalette ( const QPalette & p )

Constructs a copy of p.

This constructor is fast (it uses copy-on-write).

QPalette::~QPalette ()

Destructs the palette.

const QColorGroup & QPalette::active () const

Returns the active color group of this palette.

See also QColorGroup, setActive(), inactive() and disabled().

const QBrush & QPalette::brush ( ColorGroup gr, QColorGroup::ColorRole r ) const

Returns the brush in gr used for color role r.

See also color(), setBrush() and QColorGroup::ColorRole.

const QColor & QPalette::color ( ColorGroup gr, QColorGroup::ColorRole r ) const

Returns the color in gr used for color role r.

See also brush(), setColor() and QColorGroup::ColorRole.

QPalette QPalette::copy () const

Return a deep copy of this palette. This is slower than the copy constructor and assignment operator and offers no advantages any more.

const QColorGroup & QPalette::disabled () const

Returns the disabled color group of this palette.

See also QColorGroup, setDisabled(), active() and inactive().

const QColorGroup & QPalette::inactive () const

Returns the inactive color group of this palette.

See also QColorGroup, setInactive(), active() and disabled().

bool QPalette::isCopyOf ( const QPalette & p )

Returns TRUE if this palette and p are copies of each other, ie. one of them was created as a copy of the other and neither was subsequently modified. This is much stricter than equality.

See also operator= and operator==.

const QColorGroup & QPalette::normal () const

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working, and will probably be removed in a future version of Qt. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Use active() instead.

bool QPalette::operator!= ( const QPalette & p ) const

Returns TRUE (slowly) if this palette is different from p, or FALSE (usually quickly) if they are equal.

QPalette & QPalette::operator= ( const QPalette & p )

Assigns p to this palette and returns a reference to this palette.

This is fast (it uses copy-on-write).

See also copy().

bool QPalette::operator== ( const QPalette & p ) const

Returns TRUE (usually quickly) if this palette is equal to p, or FALSE (slowly) if they are different.

int QPalette::serialNumber () const

Returns a number that uniquely identifies this QPalette object. The serial number is intended for caching. Its value may not be used for anything other than equality testing.

Note that QPalette uses copy-on-write, and the serial number changes during the lazy copy operation (detach()), not during a shallow copy (copy constructor or assignment).

See also QPixmap, QPixmapCache and QCache.

void QPalette::setActive ( const QColorGroup & g )

Sets the Active color group to g.

See also active(), setDisabled(), setInactive() and QColorGroup.

void QPalette::setBrush ( QColorGroup::ColorRole r, const QBrush & b )

Sets the brush in for color role r in all three color groups to b.

See also brush(), setColor(), QColorGroup::ColorRole, active(), inactive() and disabled().

void QPalette::setBrush ( ColorGroup gr, QColorGroup::ColorRole r, const QBrush & b )

Sets the brush in gr used for color role r to b.

See also brush(), setColor() and QColorGroup::ColorRole.

void QPalette::setColor ( QColorGroup::ColorRole r, const QColor & c )

Sets the color of the brush in gr used for color role r to c.

See also color(), setBrush() and QColorGroup::ColorRole.

void QPalette::setColor ( ColorGroup gr, QColorGroup::ColorRole r, const QColor & c )

Sets the brush in gr used for color role r to the solid color c.

See also setBrush(), color() and QColorGroup::ColorRole.

void QPalette::setDisabled ( const QColorGroup & g )

Sets the Disabled color group to g.

See also disabled(), setActive() and setInactive().

void QPalette::setInactive ( const QColorGroup & g )

Sets the Inactive color group to g.

See also active(), setDisabled(), setActive() and QColorGroup.

void QPalette::setNormal ( const QColorGroup & g )

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working, and will probably be removed in a future version of Qt. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Use setActive() instead.


Related Functions

QDataStream & operator>> (QDataStream & s, QPalette & p)

Reads a palette from the stream and returns a reference to the stream.

See also Format of the QDataStream operators

QDataStream & operator<< (QDataStream & s, const QPalette & p)

Writes a palette to the stream and returns a reference to the stream.

See also Format of the QDataStream operators


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