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Static text to display long filenames with ellipses

, 15 Jan 2000 CPOL
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Lightweight class for displaying long filespecs that may need to be truncated
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  • Sample Image - cstatic_filespec.gif

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    The CStaticFilespec control is a lightweight class suitable for displaying long filespecs that may need to be truncated or compressed, in order to fit the size of the display. The image presents an example of what the control looks like when used in a dialog box.

    By default, CStaticFilespec supports 2 drawing styles: DT_END_ELLIPSIS and DT_PATH_ELLIPSIS. The former displays a truncated filespec with trailing ellipses while the latter adds embedded ellipses to a compressed filespec.

    Using CStaticFilespec in a dialog is quite simple:

    Include CStaticFilespec.h in your dialog class' header file.

    Add member variables of type CStaticFilespec for every static text control you want to subclass.

    Subclass the static text controls in your dialog's OnInitDialog() method and set the controls' style.

      m_wndStaticFileEnd.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_FILE_END, this);
      m_wndStaticFilePath.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_FILE_PATH, this);
      m_wndStaticFilePath.SetPath (TRUE);

    You can also use any other DT_ drawing style you like. For example, to draw right justified text that is vertically centered and has trailing ellipses, do:

      m_wndStaticText.SubclassDlgItem (IDC_STATIC_TEXT, this);
      m_wndStaticText.SetFormat (DT_RIGHT | DT_VCENTER);
      m_wndStaticText.SetWindowText ("d:\\There\\Is\\Always\\One\\More\\Bug.cpp");


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    Ravi Bhavnani is an ardent fan of Microsoft technologies who loves building Windows apps, especially PIMs, system utilities, and things that go bump on the Internet. During his career, Ravi has developed expert systems, desktop imaging apps, marketing automation software, EDA tools, a platform to help people find, analyze and understand information, trading software for institutional investors and advanced data visualization solutions. He currently works for a company that provides enterprise workforce management solutions to large clients.

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