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Removing window border from around the TextArea AWT object

Is there a way to remove the border from the TextArea object when the scrollbars are not going to be used?  I basically want to see the text itself on the screen.  If you can not remove the border, then is there another approach I should take?  I tried using DisplayString, but I have to separate each line of text into separate string objects to display them on separate lines.  This is not a good solution for my application.  Any other ideas?

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 If you want to remove border from scrollpane , you can use empty border.

        scrollpane.setBorder( BorderFactory.createEmptyBorder());
mbonneyAuthor Commented:
sankars98, I tried your suggestion without success.  I guess I need to meantion that I'm using JDK 1.1.8 and that is why I'm using AWT vs Swing.  I could not find the setBorder method for scrollpane and as I looked I could not see the inheritance relationship between scrollpane and TextArea.  If you're thinking I should scrollpane to show the text, then please elaborate further.


 I am sorry .. I thought you are using
 Swing Components. Borders can be set only to the swing components. I dont know whether we can change the border of AWT components( Native ). Sorry again..

Sankar S.
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i am not sure, if i understood your problem...
you only want do display a String in multiple lines, and you don´t
need the interaction possibilities of a textarea (e.g. changing
the text interactively)?
if so, you only need o subclass the label-class to make it "multi-line"-capable. if i am right and you need a copy´n paste
example, place a comment, i´ll send it.

mbonneyAuthor Commented:
Yes.  I want to display multiple lines of text that is not editable, but I need to be able to determine length and width of the text area for placement.  Textarea is nice because it automatically wraps therfore I do not have to calculate the line length to determine when/where to start the new line of text.  I will also need to be able to handle mouses clicks within the text area.  So, clickable text that autowraps and does not have a border around it.

okay, here´s your code. just copy, paste and have fun - it should work.
don´t hesitate and report any bugs.

import java.awt.*;
import java.util.*;

public class Multilabel extends Label{

private Dimension D=null;
private FontMetrics fm;
private int line_height,line_ascent;
private int maxwidth;
private Vector textlines;
private String text;
private int leftinset=2;
private int rightinset=2;

public Multilabel(String text,int maxwidth){
 super ();

public void addNotify(){
 fm = this.getToolkit().getFontMetrics(this.getFont());
 line_height = fm.getHeight();
 line_ascent = fm.getAscent();
 textlines=new Vector();
 split (text,textlines,maxwidth);
 D=new Dimension (maxwidth,line_height * textlines.size());

public void split (String text, Vector v, int maxw){
// splits the String given in "text" into multiple Strings, arranged in a Vector.
// every line is not wider than "maxw" pixel.
// split wraps the text word for word, but if a single word needs more space than
// maxw allows, the line (this word) will be clipped, so take care of very long words!

 StringTokenizer st = new StringTokenizer(text," ");
 Vector words = new Vector();
 while (st.hasMoreElements()) words.addElement(st.nextElement());

 if (fm.stringWidth(text)<=maxw)
    { // no split necessary

 if (words.size()==1)
    { // no split possible, output will be clipped

 // now comes the tricky part :-)

 int z=0;

 StringBuffer newLine = new StringBuffer(words.elementAt(0).toString());

 for (z=1;z<words.size();z++)
   if (fm.stringWidth(newLine.toString()+" "+words.elementAt(z).toString())<maxw) newLine.append(" "+words.elementAt(z).toString());
       v.addElement (newLine.toString());
       newLine = new StringBuffer(words.elementAt(z).toString());
  v.addElement (newLine.toString());

public void paint (Graphics g){
 for (int i=0; i<textlines.size(); i++)

public Dimension getPreferredSize(){ return D;}
public Dimension getMinimumSize(){ return D;}
public Dimension getMaximumSize(){ return D;}
public Dimension getSize(){ return D;}
} // class

//test-Applet for our new Multilabel

import java.awt.*;

public class mltest extends java.applet.Applet{

Multilabel l;

public void init(){
 l = new Multilabel("Hello World, this is a quite long line!",100);
// l is a new Muliline-Label with a width of 100 Pixel. the height is
// calculated, returned via getPreferredSize() etc. to the responsible
// Layoutmanager.
// setFont, setBackground and setForeground can be used as before,
// the only limitation is: Multilabels are always left-aligned..

 add (l);

} //class

mbonneyAuthor Commented:
Adjusted points from 100 to 300
mbonneyAuthor Commented:
I wasn't expecting a complete Applet, but I'm very glad you did it.  I will study the code and fit it into my application.  I appreciate this very much.


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