JDK-8130738 TextFlow's tab width is static

Kevin Rushforth kevin.rushforth at oracle.com
Fri Sep 20 14:58:28 UTC 2019

Hi Scott,

I'm sure Phil will have more comments on this. While the API seems 
simple enough on the surface, I suspect that this will be a challenging 
feature to implement correctly for all of the cases it will need to 
handle. It would need careful review and testing as well. My only 
comment on the API itself is that if we do accept this feature, it 
should probably go on both Text and TextFlow, and be one of the 
attributes of Text that is ignored / overridden when a Text node is in a 

-- Kevin

On 9/18/2019 6:14 PM, Scott Palmer wrote:
> I would like to implement this feature, being able to adjust the tab size in a TextFlow or Text node (JDK-8130738 <https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8130738>).  It involves new public API, so I want to start a discussion about it here.  (My motivation is that RichTextFX suggests an entirely unacceptable workaround of substituting actual spaces when the tab character is typed and cites the lack of this API.)
> I’ve already jumped the gun and taken a crack at an implementation.  It is currently incomplete as I was just poking around to see if it was going to be easy enough to not take up too much of my time.  It boils down to:
> TextFlow and Text get a new property for tab width, an integer representing the number of spaces taken by a tab. (The value is only used to initialize the tab width for the TextLayout when needed.)
> TextLayout interface gets a new method:  boolean setTabWidth(int spaces)
> TextLayout gets a new constant: DEFAULT_TAB_WIDTH = 8;
> PrismTextLayout implements the new setTabWidth API.
> I’m not sure that the Text node needs this new property.  I figured it would be rarely used on that class, so I had implemented it via an added property in the private TextAttributes class.  Maybe it isn’t needed at all.
> What’s the next step?
> Regards,
> Scott

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