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class:ComponentOrientation [NONE]

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    public final class ComponentOrientation
    extends Object
    implements Serializable
    The ComponentOrientation class encapsulates the language-sensitive orientation that is to be used to order the elements of a component or of text. It is used to reflect the differences in this ordering between Western alphabets, Middle Eastern (such as Hebrew), and Far Eastern (such as Japanese).

    Fundamentally, this governs items (such as characters) which are laid out in lines, with the lines then laid out in a block. This also applies to items in a widget: for example, in a check box where the box is positioned relative to the text.

    There are four different orientations used in modern languages as in the following table.

     LT          RT          TL          TR
     A B C       C B A       A D G       G D A
     D E F       F E D       B E H       H E B
     G H I       I H G       C F I       I F C

    (In the header, the two-letter abbreviation represents the item direction in the first letter, and the line direction in the second. For example, LT means "items left-to-right, lines top-to-bottom", TL means "items top-to-bottom, lines left-to-right", and so on.)

    The orientations are:

    • LT - Western Europe (optional for Japanese, Chinese, Korean)
    • RT - Middle East (Arabic, Hebrew)
    • TR - Japanese, Chinese, Korean
    • TL - Mongolian
    Components whose view and controller code depends on orientation should use the isLeftToRight() and isHorizontal() methods to determine their behavior. They should not include switch-like code that keys off of the constants, such as:
     if (orientation == LEFT_TO_RIGHT) {
     } else if (orientation == RIGHT_TO_LEFT) {
     } else {
       // Oops
    This is unsafe, since more constants may be added in the future and since it is not guaranteed that orientation objects will be unique.

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    Serialized Form



    public static final ComponentOrientation LEFT_TO_RIGHT
    Items run left to right and lines flow top to bottom Examples: English, French.



    public static final ComponentOrientation RIGHT_TO_LEFT
    Items run right to left and lines flow top to bottom Examples: Arabic, Hebrew.



    public static final ComponentOrientation UNKNOWN
    Indicates that a component's orientation has not been set. To preserve the behavior of existing applications, isLeftToRight will return true for this value.

method:isHorizontal() [NONE]

  • isHorizontal

    public boolean isHorizontal​()
    Are lines horizontal? This will return true for horizontal, left-to-right writing systems such as Roman.
    true if this orientation has horizontal lines

method:isLeftToRight() [NONE]

  • isLeftToRight

    public boolean isLeftToRight​()
    HorizontalLines: Do items run left-to-right?
    Vertical Lines: Do lines run left-to-right?
    This will return true for horizontal, left-to-right writing systems such as Roman.
    true if this orientation is left-to-right

method:getOrientation(java.util.Locale) [NONE]

  • getOrientation

    public static ComponentOrientation getOrientation​(Locale locale)
    Returns the orientation that is appropriate for the given locale.
    locale - the specified locale
    the orientation for the locale

method:getOrientation(java.util.ResourceBundle) [NONE]

  • getOrientation

    public static ComponentOrientation getOrientation​(ResourceBundle bdl)
    Deprecated. As of J2SE 1.4, use getOrientation(java.util.Locale).
    Returns the orientation appropriate for the given ResourceBundle's localization. Three approaches are tried, in the following order:
    1. Retrieve a ComponentOrientation object from the ResourceBundle using the string "Orientation" as the key.
    2. Use the ResourceBundle.getLocale to determine the bundle's locale, then return the orientation for that locale.
    3. Return the default locale's orientation.
    bdl - the bundle to use
    the orientation