Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

javax.swing
Class ButtonGroup

java.lang.Object
  extended by javax.swing.ButtonGroup
All Implemented Interfaces:
Serializable

public class ButtonGroup
extends Object
implements Serializable

This class is used to create a multiple-exclusion scope for a set of buttons. Creating a set of buttons with the same ButtonGroup object means that turning "on" one of those buttons turns off all other buttons in the group.

A ButtonGroup can be used with any set of objects that inherit from AbstractButton. Typically a button group contains instances of JRadioButton, JRadioButtonMenuItem, or JToggleButton. It wouldn't make sense to put an instance of JButton or JMenuItem in a button group because JButton and JMenuItem don't implement the selected state.

Initially, all buttons in the group are unselected.

For examples and further information on using button groups see How to Use Radio Buttons, a section in The Java Tutorial.

Warning: Serialized objects of this class will not be compatible with future Swing releases. The current serialization support is appropriate for short term storage or RMI between applications running the same version of Swing. As of 1.4, support for long term storage of all JavaBeansTM has been added to the java.beans package. Please see XMLEncoder.


Field Summary
protected  Vector<AbstractButton> buttons
           
 
Constructor Summary
ButtonGroup()
          Creates a new ButtonGroup.
 
Method Summary
 void add(AbstractButton b)
          Adds the button to the group.
 void clearSelection()
          Clears the selection such that none of the buttons in the ButtonGroup are selected.
 int getButtonCount()
          Returns the number of buttons in the group.
 Enumeration<AbstractButton> getElements()
          Returns all the buttons that are participating in this group.
 ButtonModel getSelection()
          Returns the model of the selected button.
 boolean isSelected(ButtonModel m)
          Returns whether a ButtonModel is selected.
 void remove(AbstractButton b)
          Removes the button from the group.
 void setSelected(ButtonModel m, boolean b)
          Sets the selected value for the ButtonModel.
 
Methods inherited from class java.lang.Object
clone, equals, finalize, getClass, hashCode, notify, notifyAll, toString, wait, wait, wait
 

Field Detail

buttons

protected Vector<AbstractButton> buttons
Constructor Detail

ButtonGroup

public ButtonGroup()
Creates a new ButtonGroup.

Method Detail

add

public void add(AbstractButton b)
Adds the button to the group.

Parameters:
b - the button to be added

remove

public void remove(AbstractButton b)
Removes the button from the group.

Parameters:
b - the button to be removed

clearSelection

public void clearSelection()
Clears the selection such that none of the buttons in the ButtonGroup are selected.

Since:
1.6

getElements

public Enumeration<AbstractButton> getElements()
Returns all the buttons that are participating in this group.

Returns:
an Enumeration of the buttons in this group

getSelection

public ButtonModel getSelection()
Returns the model of the selected button.

Returns:
the selected button model

setSelected

public void setSelected(ButtonModel m,
                        boolean b)
Sets the selected value for the ButtonModel. Only one button in the group may be selected at a time.

Parameters:
m - the ButtonModel
b - true if this button is to be selected, otherwise false

isSelected

public boolean isSelected(ButtonModel m)
Returns whether a ButtonModel is selected.

Returns:
true if the button is selected, otherwise returns false

getButtonCount

public int getButtonCount()
Returns the number of buttons in the group.

Returns:
the button count
Since:
1.3

Java™ Platform
Standard Ed. 6

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