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List widget default renders

A list is a rectangular window which contains several list entries, the so called 'items' of the list. An item is a simple string linked to a per-list unique ID. Through different inputs, such as a touchscreen, an item can be selected by directly touching it. Furthermore, the list widget automatically displays an Up- and a Down-Arrow on the right side to scroll up and down through the list if there are more items than can be displayed. If an empty section of the list is touched (below the last entry), all selections are reset. A list can either be single- or multi-select. Furthermore, it's possible to add a small image on the left side to the item string. Two images can be used - one for selected, another for not selected.

The following image shows the default drawing routine of the list widget. Please note at this point that you can replace them by an custom rendering routine you want. The first list on the left is a normal single-selection list which shows the scrollbar. The second list in the middle is a multi-selection list - also with a scrollbar. The third image on the right shows a list with images drawn in front of the item text. It's a multi selection list without a scrollbar since all the list items can be display within the space of the list.

You can ensure that an item is visible in the list by using gwinListViewItem().

API reference

The API reference of the list widget can be found here.


When GWIN_NEED_LIST_IMAGES is set to TRUE, images can be placed in front of the text of a list item. An image is set by passing a gdispImage pointer to gwinListItemSetImage() specifying the list and the item number. The image has to be opened before. When any item in the list has an image attached, space is allocated to display the images even if the image is closed or has been removed by calling gwinListItemSetImage() with a NULL pointer or by calling gwinListItemDelete(). The only way to turn off the image area for this list is to call gwinListDeleteAll().

The image that is drawn in front of the text must be quadratic with an edge size equal to the font height. The image is aligned to the top of the list item.

It is possible to have a different image for the unselected, selected, disabled selected and disabled unselected state by stacking four images on top of each other within the same image file. The top image is displayed when the item is selected, the second image is displayed when the item is unselected. The third part of the image is displayed for the disabled selected state and the fourth part is used for the disabled unselected state. When the image supplied is less than four images in height, only the top image is used for all four states. It is important that all images are equal in size.

Smooth scrolling

A smooth scrolling list is a list where you can freely move the items up and down pixel wise rather than item by item. The scrollbar will be replaced by a two pixel wide indicator. The list will then behave like pretty much all the lists you know from smartphones. The smooth scrolling feature is enabled by the follwing:

gwinListSetScroll(ghList, scrollSmooth);

Note that scrolling might introduce flickering on platforms with a slower LCD interface


The following example code shows how to create a simple single-selection list, add items to it and get the selected item back from the event.

#include <string.h>
#include "gfx.h"
static GListener gl;
static GHandle   ghList1;
static void createWidgets(void) {
	GWidgetInit	wi;
	// Apply some default values for GWIN
	wi.customDraw = 0;
	wi.customParam = 0;
	wi.customStyle = 0; = FALSE;
	// Apply the list parameters
	wi.g.width = 200;
	wi.g.height = 100;
	wi.g.y = 10;
	wi.g.x = 10;
	wi.text = "List Name";
	// Create the actual list
	ghList1 = gwinListCreate(NULL, &wi, FALSE);
int main(void) {
	uint16_t	i;
	char		item[20];
	GEvent		*pe;
	// Initialize the display
	// Set the widget defaults
	gwinSetDefaultStyle(&WhiteWidgetStyle, FALSE);
	// Attach the mouse input
	// create the widget
	// We want to listen for widget events
	// Add some items to the list widget
	for (i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
		sprintf(item, "Item Nr.: %d", i);
		gwinListAddItem(ghList1, item, TRUE);
	// Make the list visible
	gwinSetVisible(ghList1, TRUE);
	while(1) {
		// Get an Event
		pe = geventEventWait(&gl, TIME_INFINITE);
	return 0;