Module java.desktop
Package java.awt

Interface Shape

All Known Implementing Classes:
Arc2D, Arc2D.Double, Arc2D.Float, Area, BasicTextUI.BasicCaret, CubicCurve2D, CubicCurve2D.Double, CubicCurve2D.Float, DefaultCaret, Ellipse2D, Ellipse2D.Double, Ellipse2D.Float, GeneralPath, Line2D, Line2D.Double, Line2D.Float, Path2D, Path2D.Double, Path2D.Float, Polygon, QuadCurve2D, QuadCurve2D.Double, QuadCurve2D.Float, Rectangle, Rectangle2D, Rectangle2D.Double, Rectangle2D.Float, RectangularShape, RoundRectangle2D, RoundRectangle2D.Double, RoundRectangle2D.Float

public interface Shape
The Shape interface provides definitions for objects that represent some form of geometric shape. The Shape is described by a PathIterator object, which can express the outline of the Shape as well as a rule for determining how the outline divides the 2D plane into interior and exterior points. Each Shape object provides callbacks to get the bounding box of the geometry, determine whether points or rectangles lie partly or entirely within the interior of the Shape, and retrieve a PathIterator object that describes the trajectory path of the Shape outline.

Definition of insideness: A point is considered to lie inside a Shape if and only if:

  • it lies completely inside the Shape boundary or
  • it lies exactly on the Shape boundary and the space immediately adjacent to the point in the increasing X direction is entirely inside the boundary or
  • it lies exactly on a horizontal boundary segment and the space immediately adjacent to the point in the increasing Y direction is inside the boundary.

The contains and intersects methods consider the interior of a Shape to be the area it encloses as if it were filled. This means that these methods consider unclosed shapes to be implicitly closed for the purpose of determining if a shape contains or intersects a rectangle or if a shape contains a point.

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