View Full Version : [Gtkmm] How to add blank space of fixed width

February 16th, 2010, 11:19 AM
I know it's possible in Gtk I saw such code but can't recall where or what it looks like. Probably there is a special widget.

Java folks do it this way:

jpanel.add(Box.createHorizontalStrut(int howMuchBlankSpace));

February 16th, 2010, 02:31 PM
I think you are refering to "padding". sample doc link->http://library.gnome.org/devel/gtkmm/unstable/classGtk_1_1Box.html#a31aa59034a669239c4b99a9ced57 42d6

February 16th, 2010, 02:49 PM
Well unfortunately that one adds space on both sides of the widget.

February 16th, 2010, 07:23 PM
Maybe try using multiple containers like the pic shows(I know it's messy):

http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1198/examplelayout.th.jpg (http://img24.imageshack.us/i/examplelayout.jpg/)

I think if you only put one child in a box container it will put the padding only on one side(depending if you used pack_start() or pack_end())

February 16th, 2010, 07:34 PM
Thanks, but I'd really wanna avoid such an approach. I (seem to) remember I saw a very simple Gtk solution to this and the code was very short. But it was months ago and can't figure out where I saw it. I got a book on Gtk+ & C, I'll give it a look through, maybe I saw it there.

February 16th, 2010, 07:58 PM
Hmm, one other relevant option is Gtk::Box::set_spacing() (http://library.gnome.org/devel/gtkmm/unstable/classGtk_1_1Box.html#ab5396cb1385f8259bb49a0c78b55 087b)

February 16th, 2010, 08:20 PM
You could use a GTK Alignment widget. That allows individual padding values for top, left, right, bottom.

February 16th, 2010, 08:39 PM
Thanks! Works fine. Problem solved, but if someone has a less verbose solution - I'd like to hear from him.

This is how I use your suggestion to create a 50px wide blank space:

Gtk::Alignment *al = Gtk::manage(new Gtk::Alignment());
al->set_size_request(50, 2);
hbox->pack_start(*al, false, true);