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XmSeparator - The Separator widget class


#include <Xm/Separator.h>


Separator is a primitive widget that separates items in a display. Several different line drawing styles are provided, as well as horizontal or vertical orientation.

The Separator line drawing is automatically centered within the height of the widget for a horizontal orientation and centered within the width of the widget for a vertical orientation. An XtSetValues with a new XmNseparatorType resizes the widget to its minimal height (for horizontal orientation) or its minimal width (for vertical orientation) unless height or width is explicitly set in the XtSetValues call.

Separator does not draw shadows around the separator. The Primitive resource XmNshadowThickness is used for the Separator's thickness when XmNseparatorType is XmSHADOW_ETCHED_IN, XmSHADOW_ETCHED_IN_DASH, XmSHADOW_ETCHED_OUT, or XmSHADOW_ETCHED_OUT_DASH.

Separator does not highlight and allows no traversing. The primitive resource XmNtraversalOn is forced to False.

The XmNseparatorType of XmNO_LINE provides an escape to the application programmer who needs a different style of drawing. A pixmap the height of the widget can be created and used as the background pixmap by building an argument list using the XmNbackgroundPixmap argument type as defined by Core. Whenever the widget is redrawn, its background is displayed containing the desired separator drawing.


Separator inherits behavior and resources from Core and XmPrimitive Classes.

The class pointer is xmSeparatorWidgetClass.

The class name is XmSeparator.

New Resources

The following table defines a set of widget resources used by the programmer to specify data. The programmer can also set the resource values for the inherited classes to set attributes for this widget. To reference a resource by name or by class in a .Xdefaults file, remove the XmN or XmC prefix and use the remaining letters. To specify one of the defined values for a resource in a .Xdefaults file, remove the Xm prefix and use the remaining letters (in either lowercase or uppercase, but include any underscores between words). The codes in the access column indicate if the given resource can be set at creation time (C), set by using XtSetValues (S), retrieved by using XtGetValues (G), or is not applicable (N/A).

XmSeparator Resource Set
Name Class Type Default Access
XmNmargin XmCMargin Dimension 0 CSG
XmNorientation XmCOrientation unsigned char XmHORIZONTAL CSG
XmNseparatorType XmCSeparatorType unsigned char XmSHADOW_ETCHED_IN CSG
For horizontal orientation, specifies the space on the left and right sides between the border of the Separator and the line drawn. For vertical orientation, specifies the space on the top and bottom between the border of the Separator and the line drawn.
Displays Separator vertically or horizontally. This resource can have values of XmVERTICAL and XmHORIZONTAL.
Specifies the type of line drawing to be done in the Separator widget.

Inherited Resources

Separator inherits behavior and resources from the following superclasses. For a complete description of each resource, refer to the man page for that superclass.

XmPrimitive Resource Set
Name Class Type Default Access
XmNbottomShadowColor XmCBottomShadowColor Pixel dynamic CSG
XmNbottomShadowPixmap XmCBottomShadowPixmap Pixmap XmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAP CSG
XmNforeground XmCForeground Pixel dynamic CSG
XmNhelpCallback XmCCallback XtCallbackList NULL C
XmNhighlightColor XmCHighlightColor Pixel dynamic CSG
XmNhighlightOnEnter XmCHighlightOnEnter Boolean False CSG
XmNhighlightPixmap XmCHighlightPixmap Pixmap dynamic CSG
XmNhighlightThickness XmCHighlightThickness Dimension 0 CSG
XmNnavigationType XmCNavigationType XmNavigationType XmNONE CSG
XmNshadowThickness XmCShadowThickness Dimension 2 CSG
XmNtopShadowColor XmCTopShadowColor Pixel dynamic CSG
XmNtopShadowPixmap XmCTopShadowPixmap Pixmap dynamic CSG
XmNtraversalOn XmCTraversalOn Boolean False G
XmNunitType XmCUnitType unsigned char dynamic CSG
XmNuserData XmCUserData XtPointer NULL CSG

Core Resource Set
Name Class Type Default Access
XmNaccelerators XmCAccelerators XtAccelerators dynamic CSG
XmNancestorSensitive XmCSensitive Boolean dynamic G
XmNbackground XmCBackground Pixel dynamic CSG
XmNbackgroundPixmap XmCPixmap Pixmap XmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAP CSG
XmNborderColor XmCBorderColor Pixel XtDefaultForeground CSG
XmNborderPixmap XmCPixmap Pixmap XmUNSPECIFIED_PIXMAP CSG
XmNborderWidth XmCBorderWidth Dimension 0 CSG
XmNcolormap XmCColormap Colormap dynamic CG
XmNdepth XmCDepth int dynamic CG
XmNdestroyCallback XmCCallback XtCallbackList NULL C
XmNheight XmCHeight Dimension dynamic CSG
XmNinitialResourcesPersistent XmCInitialResourcesPersistent Boolean True C
XmNmappedWhenManaged XmCMappedWhenManaged Boolean True CSG
XmNsensitive XmCSensitive Boolean True CSG
XmNtranslations XmCTranslations XtTranslations dynamic CSG
XmNwidth XmCWidth Dimension dynamic CSG
XmNx XmCPosition Position 0 CSG
XmNy XmCPosition Position 0 CSG


There are no translations for XmSeparator.


Core(3X), XmCreateSeparator(3X), and XmPrimitive(3X).