[izpack-devel] Multi-Panel Panels
hal at thresholddigital.com
Sun Jan 8 21:04:06 CET 2006
I have an idea for a panel that would search for specified versions of an
application and report if it is on a computer or not. In my case, this would
help because my application needs OpenOffice 2.x. If it is on the computer,
I need the path to it, if it isn't, I need to know where I can install it.
This would require multiple steps:
1) Ask end user if app is present
2) Search (if needed) to see if it is present and create list of locations of
different versions or instances
3a) If app is present, ask end user which instance or version to use
3b) If app is not present, ask end user where it can be installed.
I've noticed most panels are simple, like many installers. This keeps things
easy for the end user, allows for uncluttered panels (that are less
confusing), and also takes into account that different languages and
translations may require different amounts of space.
To do what I want to do would require either a cluttered panel where the lower
portions would change according to input on the upper sections or several
different panels (some that would appear under some conditions, others under
Is here any problem with a "panel" that needs to have 3-4 panels in a row? In
the Panels section of the install.xml file it might look like this:
<panel classname="ApplicationFinderPanel" stage="1"/>
<panel classname="ApplicationFinderPanel" stage="2"/>
<panel classname="ApplicationFinderPanel" stage="3"/>
<panel classname="ApplicationFinderPanel" stage="4"/>
Of course they would have to always be listed in order, but I think it is
better to put requirements on the developer to set it up correctly than on
the end user to keep track of what is going on.
Would such a setup be acceptable?
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