XML Tutorials Edit Selection
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Before performing an operation on a control, the user must select it to distinguish it from other controls. There is always immediate visual feedback to show that something is selected. A selection is always undoable by clicking outside the selection. Upon selecting a control, a blue focus rect appears around it. In the case of a button, selecting by a mouse click will also activate an 'action' event, like linking to another web page. How something is selected depends on what it is. It's useful to distinguish among three types of objects that are each dealt with in a different way when selected:

  • Text. An application considers all text appearing together in a particular context as a block of text—a one-dimensional string of characters. A block of text can range from a single field, as in a dialog, to an entire document, as in a word processor. Regardless of where it appears, text is edited in the same way.

  • Arrays are tabular arrangements of fields. A one-dimensional array is a list and a two-dimensional array is a table. Each field contains information such as text or graphics.

  • Graphics. A graphic, or picture, is a discrete object that can be selected individually.

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