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transparent canvas

I have an applet with a panel.  I add canvas' to it, and I use the mouseDrag method to allow the user to move the graphics around the "desktop".  I couldn't use the mouseDrag if I didn't use the canvas.  But now I have to put transparent gifs in for graphics, but you only see the background of the canvas that the image is in through the transparency of the gif.  Is there any way to have the canvas be transparent so I can see the other images through the transparencies?

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The way to have a transparent component is to use
the Component class instead of Canvas.  Using
Component means there is no peer involved, so if
you don't paint in an area, and update() is not
filling in the background, you see straight through.
This is what the JDK 1.1 calls a "lightweight"
seth23Author Commented:
I am waiting to grade this.  I just asked another question about this problem, having to do with a problem that arises when I make the canvas into a component, and I can't test the transparency problem until the other problem is fixed.
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