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package layout

import ""

Package layout implements layouts common to GUI programs.

Constraints and dimensions

Constraints and dimensions form the interface between layouts and interface child elements. This package operates on Widgets, functions that compute Dimensions from a a set of constraints for acceptable widths and heights. Both the constraints and dimensions are maintained in an implicit Context to keep the Widget declaration short.

For example, to add space above a widget:

gtx := layout.NewContext(...)

// Configure a top inset.
inset := layout.Inset{Top: unit.Dp(8), ...}
// Use the inset to lay out a widget.
inset.Layout(gtx, func() {
	// Lay out widget and determine its size given the constraints.
	dims := layout.Dimensions{...}
	gtx.Dimensions = dims

Note that the example does not generate any garbage even though the Inset is transient. Layouts that don't accept user input are designed to not escape to the heap during their use.

Layout operations are recursive: a child in a layout operation can itself be another layout. That way, complex user interfaces can be created from a few generic layouts.

This example both aligns and insets a child:

inset := layout.Inset{...}
inset.Layout(gtx, func() {
	align := layout.Align(...)
	align.Layout(gtx, func() {
		widget.Layout(gtx, ...)

More complex layouts such as Stack and Flex lay out multiple children, and stateful layouts such as List accept user input.



Package Files

context.go doc.go flex.go layout.go list.go stack.go

type Alignment Uses

type Alignment uint8

Alignment is the mutual alignment of a list of widgets.

const (
    Start Alignment = iota

func (Alignment) String Uses

func (a Alignment) String() string

type Axis Uses

type Axis uint8

Axis is the Horizontal or Vertical direction.

const (
    Horizontal Axis = iota

func (Axis) String Uses

func (a Axis) String() string

type Constraint Uses

type Constraint struct {
    Min, Max int

Constraint is a range of acceptable sizes in a single dimension.

func (Constraint) Constrain Uses

func (c Constraint) Constrain(v int) int

Constrain a value to the range [Min; Max].

type Constraints Uses

type Constraints struct {
    Width  Constraint
    Height Constraint

Constraints represent a set of acceptable ranges for a widget's width and height.

func RigidConstraints Uses

func RigidConstraints(size image.Point) Constraints

RigidConstraints returns the constraints that can only be satisfied by the given dimensions.

func (Constraints) Constrain Uses

func (c Constraints) Constrain(size image.Point) image.Point

Constrain a size to the Width and Height ranges.

type Context Uses

type Context struct {
    // Constraints track the constraints for the active widget or
    // layout.
    Constraints Constraints
    // Dimensions track the result of the most recent layout
    // operation.
    Dimensions Dimensions

    // contains filtered or unexported fields

Context carries the state needed by almost all layouts and widgets. A zero value Context never returns events, map units to pixels with a scale of 1.0, and returns the zero time from Now.

func NewContext Uses

func NewContext(q event.Queue) *Context

NewContext returns a Context for an event queue.

func (*Context) Events Uses

func (c *Context) Events(k event.Key) []event.Event

Events returns the events available for the key. If no queue is configured, Events returns nil.

func (*Context) Now Uses

func (c *Context) Now() time.Time

Now returns the configuration time or the zero time.

func (*Context) Px Uses

func (c *Context) Px(v unit.Value) int

Px maps the value to pixels. If no configuration is set, Px returns the rounded value of v.

func (*Context) Reset Uses

func (c *Context) Reset(cfg system.Config, size image.Point)

Reset the context. The constraints' minimum and maximum values are set to the size.

type Dimensions Uses

type Dimensions struct {
    Size     image.Point
    Baseline int

Dimensions are the resolved size and baseline for a widget.

type Direction Uses

type Direction uint8

Direction is the alignment of widgets relative to a containing space.

const (
    NW  Direction = iota


gtx := new(layout.Context)
// Rigid constraints with both minimum and maximum set.
gtx.Reset(nil, image.Point{X: 100, Y: 100})

layout.Center.Layout(gtx, func() {
    // Lay out a 50x50 sized widget.
    layoutWidget(gtx, 50, 50)




func (Direction) Layout Uses

func (a Direction) Layout(gtx *Context, w Widget)

Layout a widget according to the direction.

func (Direction) String Uses

func (d Direction) String() string

type Flex Uses

type Flex struct {
    // Axis is the main axis, either Horizontal or Vertical.
    Axis Axis
    // Spacing controls the distribution of space left after
    // layout.
    Spacing Spacing
    // Alignment is the alignment in the cross axis.
    Alignment Alignment

Flex lays out child elements along an axis, according to alignment and weights.


gtx := new(layout.Context)
gtx.Reset(nil, image.Point{X: 100, Y: 100})

    // Rigid 10x10 widget.
    layout.Rigid(func() {
        fmt.Printf("Rigid: %v\n", gtx.Constraints.Width)
        layoutWidget(gtx, 10, 10)
    // Child with 50% space allowance.
    layout.Flexed(0.5, func() {
        fmt.Printf("50%%: %v\n", gtx.Constraints.Width)
        layoutWidget(gtx, 10, 10)


Rigid: {0 100}
50%: {45 45}

func (Flex) Layout Uses

func (f Flex) Layout(gtx *Context, children ...FlexChild)

Layout a list of children. The position of the children are determined by the specified order, but Rigid children are laid out before Flexed children.

type FlexChild Uses

type FlexChild struct {
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

FlexChild is the descriptor for a Flex child.

func Flexed Uses

func Flexed(weight float32, widget Widget) FlexChild

Flexed returns a Flex child forced to take up a fraction of the remaining space.

func Rigid Uses

func Rigid(widget Widget) FlexChild

Rigid returns a Flex child with a maximal constraint of the remaining space.

type Inset Uses

type Inset struct {
    Top, Right, Bottom, Left unit.Value

Inset adds space around a widget.


gtx := new(layout.Context)
gtx.Reset(nil, image.Point{X: 100, Y: 100})
// Loose constraints with no minimal size.
gtx.Constraints.Width.Min = 0
gtx.Constraints.Height.Min = 0

// Inset all edges by 10.
inset := layout.UniformInset(unit.Dp(10))
inset.Layout(gtx, func() {
    // Lay out a 50x50 sized widget.
    layoutWidget(gtx, 50, 50)




func UniformInset Uses

func UniformInset(v unit.Value) Inset

UniformInset returns an Inset with a single inset applied to all edges.

func (Inset) Layout Uses

func (in Inset) Layout(gtx *Context, w Widget)

Layout a widget.

type List Uses

type List struct {
    Axis Axis
    // ScrollToEnd instructs the list to stay scrolled to the far end position
    // once reached. A List with ScrollToEnd == true and Position.BeforeEnd ==
    // false draws its content with the last item at the bottom of the list
    // area.
    ScrollToEnd bool
    // Alignment is the cross axis alignment of list elements.
    Alignment Alignment

    // Position is updated during Layout. To save the list scroll position,
    // just save Position after Layout finishes. To scroll the list
    // programatically, update Position (e.g. restore it from a saved value)
    // before calling Layout.
    Position Position
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

List displays a subsection of a potentially infinitely large underlying list. List accepts user input to scroll the subsection.


gtx := new(layout.Context)
gtx.Reset(nil, image.Point{X: 100, Y: 100})

// The list is 1e6 elements, but only 5 fit the constraints.
const listLen = 1e6

var list layout.List
count := 0
list.Layout(gtx, listLen, func(i int) {
    layoutWidget(gtx, 20, 20)




func (*List) Dragging Uses

func (l *List) Dragging() bool

Dragging reports whether the List is being dragged.

func (*List) Layout Uses

func (l *List) Layout(gtx *Context, len int, w ListElement)

Layout the List.

type ListElement Uses

type ListElement func(index int)

ListElement is a function that computes the dimensions of a list element.

type Position Uses

type Position struct {
    // BeforeEnd tracks whether the List position is before the very end. We
    // use "before end" instead of "at end" so that the zero value of a
    // Position struct is useful.
    // When laying out a list, if ScrollToEnd is true and BeforeEnd is false,
    // then First and Offset are ignored, and the list is drawn with the last
    // item at the bottom. If ScrollToEnd is false then BeforeEnd is ignored.
    BeforeEnd bool
    // First is the index of the first visible child.
    First int
    // Offset is the distance in pixels from the top edge to the child at index
    // First.
    Offset int

Position is a List scroll offset represented as an offset from the top edge of a child element.

type Spacing Uses

type Spacing uint8

Spacing determine the spacing mode for a Flex.

const (
    // SpaceEnd leaves space at the end.
    SpaceEnd Spacing = iota
    // SpaceStart leaves space at the start.
    // SpaceSides shares space between the start and end.
    // SpaceAround distributes space evenly between children,
    // with half as much space at the start and end.
    // SpaceBetween distributes space evenly between children,
    // leaving no space at the start and end.
    // SpaceEvenly distributes space evenly between children and
    // at the start and end.

func (Spacing) String Uses

func (s Spacing) String() string

type Stack Uses

type Stack struct {
    // Alignment is the direction to align children
    // smaller than the available space.
    Alignment Direction

Stack lays out child elements on top of each other, according to an alignment direction.


gtx := new(layout.Context)
gtx.Reset(nil, image.Point{X: 100, Y: 100})
gtx.Constraints.Width.Min = 0
gtx.Constraints.Height.Min = 0

    // Force widget to the same size as the second.
    layout.Expanded(func() {
        fmt.Printf("Expand: %v\n", gtx.Constraints)
        layoutWidget(gtx, 10, 10)
    // Rigid 50x50 widget.
    layout.Stacked(func() {
        layoutWidget(gtx, 50, 50)


Expand: {{50 100} {50 100}}

func (Stack) Layout Uses

func (s Stack) Layout(gtx *Context, children ...StackChild)

Layout a stack of children. The position of the children are determined by the specified order, but Stacked children are laid out before Expanded children.

type StackChild Uses

type StackChild struct {
    // contains filtered or unexported fields

StackChild represents a child for a Stack layout.

func Expanded Uses

func Expanded(w Widget) StackChild

Expanded returns a Stack child that is forced to take up at least the space as the largest Stacked.

func Stacked Uses

func Stacked(w Widget) StackChild

Stacked returns a Stack child that laid out with the same maximum constraints as the Stack.

type Widget Uses

type Widget func()

Widget is a function scope for drawing, processing events and computing dimensions for a user interface element.

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