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QColorGroup Class Reference

The QColorGroup class contains a group of widget colors. More...

#include <qpalette.h>

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Detailed Description

The QColorGroup class contains a group of widget colors.

A color group contains a group of colors used by widgets for drawing themselves. We recommend that widgets use color group roles such as "foreground" and "base" rather than literal colors like "red" or "turquoise". The color roles are enumerated and defined in the ColorRole documentation.

The most common use of QColorGroup is like this:

        QPainter p;
        ...
        p.setPen( colorGroup().foreground() );
        p.drawLine( ... )
    

It is also possible to modify color groups or create new color groups from scratch.

The color group class can be created using three different constructors or by modifying one supplied by Qt. The default constructor creates an all-black color group, which can then be modified using set functions; there's also a constructor for specifying all the color group colors. And there is also a copy constructor.

We strongly recommend using a system-supplied color group and modifying that as necessary.

You modify a color group by calling the access functions setColor() and setBrush(), depending on whether you want a pure color or a pixmap pattern.

There are also corresponding color() and brush() getters, and a commonly used convenience function to get each ColorRole: background(), foreground(), base(), etc.

See also QColor, QPalette, QWidget::colorGroup, Widget Appearance and Style, Graphics Classes, and Image Processing Classes.


Member Type Documentation

QColorGroup::ColorRole

The ColorRole enum defines the different symbolic color roles used in current GUIs.

The central roles are:

There are some color roles used mostly for 3D bevel and shadow effects:

All of these are normally derived from Background and used in ways that depend on that relationship. For example, buttons depend on it to make the bevels look attractive, and Motif scroll bars depend on Mid to be slightly different from Background.

Selected (marked) items have two roles:

Finally, there is a special role for text that needs to be drawn where Text or Foreground would give poor contrast, such as on pressed push buttons:

Note that text colors can be used for things other than just words; text colors are usually used for text, but it's quite common to use the text color roles for lines, icons, etc.

This image shows most of the color roles in use:

Color Roles

Member Function Documentation

QColorGroup::QColorGroup ()

Constructs a color group with all colors set to black.

QColorGroup::QColorGroup ( const QColor & foreground, const QColor & background, const QColor & light, const QColor & dark, const QColor & mid, const QColor & text, const QColor & base )

This function is obsolete. It is provided to keep old source working. We strongly advise against using it in new code.

Constructs a color group with the specified colors. The button color will be set to the background color.

QColorGroup::QColorGroup ( const QBrush & foreground, const QBrush & button, const QBrush & light, const QBrush & dark, const QBrush & mid, const QBrush & text, const QBrush & bright_text, const QBrush & base, const QBrush & background )

Constructs a color group. You can pass either brushes, pixmaps or plain colors for foreground, button, light, dark, mid, text, bright_text, base and background.

See also QBrush.

QColorGroup::QColorGroup ( const QColorGroup & other )

Constructs a color group that is an independent copy of other.

QColorGroup::~QColorGroup ()

Destroys the color group.

const QColor & QColorGroup::background () const

Returns the background color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::base () const

Returns the base color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::brightText () const

Returns the bright text foreground color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QBrush & QColorGroup::brush ( ColorRole r ) const

Returns the brush that has been set for color role r.

See also color(), setBrush(), and ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::button () const

Returns the button color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::buttonText () const

Returns the button text foreground color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::color ( ColorRole r ) const

Returns the color that has been set for color role r.

See also brush() and ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::dark () const

Returns the dark color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Example: themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::foreground () const

Returns the foreground color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::highlight () const

Returns the highlight color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::highlightedText () const

Returns the highlighted text color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::light () const

Returns the light color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Example: themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::link () const

Returns the unvisited link text color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::linkVisited () const

Returns the visited link text color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::mid () const

Returns the mid color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Examples: themes/metal.cpp and themes/wood.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::midlight () const

Returns the midlight color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

bool QColorGroup::operator!= ( const QColorGroup & g ) const

Returns TRUE if this color group is different from g; otherwise returns FALSE.

See also

QColorGroup & QColorGroup::operator= ( const QColorGroup & other )

Copies the colors of other to this color group.

bool QColorGroup::operator== ( const QColorGroup & g ) const

Returns TRUE if this color group is equal to g; otherwise returns FALSE.

See also

void QColorGroup::setBrush ( ColorRole r, const QBrush & b )

Sets the brush used for color role r to b.

See also brush(), setColor(), and ColorRole.

Example: themes/wood.cpp.

void QColorGroup::setColor ( ColorRole r, const QColor & c )

Sets the brush used for color role r to a solid color c.

See also brush() and ColorRole.

Examples: listviews/listviews.cpp, table/statistics/statistics.cpp, and themes/metal.cpp.

const QColor & QColorGroup::shadow () const

Returns the shadow color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

const QColor & QColorGroup::text () const

Returns the text foreground color of the color group.

See also ColorRole.

Example: listviews/listviews.cpp.


Related Functions

QDataStream & operator<< ( QDataStream & s, const QColorGroup & g )

Writes color group, g to the stream s.

See also Format of the QDataStream operators.


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