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Solaris X Window System Developer's Guide
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1.  Introduction to the Solaris X Server

2.  DPS Features and Enhancements

3.  Visuals on the Solaris X Server

4.  Font Support

5.  Server Overlay Windows

6.  Transparent Overlay Windows

What are Transparent Overlay Windows?

Basic Characteristics of Transparent Overlay Windows

Paint Type


More on Transparent Overlay Characteristics


Window Border

Backing Store

Window Gravity


Input Distribution Model

Print Capture

Choosing Visuals for Overlay/Underlay Windows

Example Program

Overview of the Solaris Transparent Overlay Window API

Creating Transparent Overlay Windows

Setting the Paint Type of a Graphics Context

Setting the Background State of a Transparent Overlay Window

Rendering to a Transparent Overlay Window

Querying the Characteristics of a Transparent Overlay Window

Determining Whether a Window is an Overlay Window

Determining the Paint Type of a Graphics Context

Pixel Transfer Routines

Filling an Area Using the Source Area Paint Type

Copying an Area and Its Paint Type

Retrieving Overlay Color Information

Using Existing Xlib Pixel Transfer Routines


XCopyArea and XCopyPlane

Designing an Application for Portability

Selecting a Visual for an Overlay/Underlay Window

Argument Types

Return Types

Multiple Criteria Sets

Selecting an Optimal Overlay/Underlay Visual Pair

Argument Types

Return Types

Criteria Sets

7.  Security Issues

A.  Reference Display Devices



Setting the Background State of a Transparent Overlay Window

You can set the background state of a transparent overlay window to be transparent with the XSolarisOvlSetWindowTransparent routine. Any background rendering that occurs after this request causes the background to be transparent. To change background state to any other value, use XChangeWindowAttributes(), XSetWindowBackground(), or XSetWindowBackgroundPixmap().

The syntax and arguments of XSolarisOvlSetWindowTransparent are shown below.


XSolarisOvlSetWindowTransparent (Display *display, Window

Specifies the connection to the X server.
The transparent overlay window.

Note - If w is not a transparent overlay window, a BadMatch error results.