CTimeLineCtrl provides an alternative way of selecting a regularly recurring date range.
- one-click date range selection at different granularities (eg week, month, year)
- display today's date highlighted
- year digits kept in view
- display n 'date-range bands' in whatever ordering is required
- scroll limits can be set
Using CTimeLineCtrl in a WTL Application
This control was developed using VS.NET, WTL 7, and the Feb 2003 Platform SDK. It has been tested under WindowsXP only.
CTimeLineCtrl in your application:
- Copy the following files to your application directory:
- atlgdix.h (it's included in the zip files, but you can also download it here)
If you want to use the Year, Month, or Week bands, also add the following files:
- Add these files to your project.
- If you're not already using them, add <atlcomtime.h> and <atltypes.h> to your <stdafx.h> file.
#include <span class="code-string">"TimeLineCtrl.h"</span> prior to the definition of the parent window class.
- Add a new member variable to the parent window class. The class will be
CTimeLineCtrl - give it any name you desire.
- Add code at an appropriate place (eg
OnInitDialog) to create the control window.
Here is an example of how to create the control.
CMainDlg::OnInitDialog(UINT , WPARAM , <BR> LPARAM , BOOL& )
m_wndTimeLine.Create(m_hWnd, 0, 0, WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_HSCROLL,
You can also add
m_wndTimeLine.AutoPosition() to your
OnSize handler to keep the control at the top or bottom of the parent window.
This control is implemented using a combination of several classes:
This is a mix-in class that handles the
WM_HSCROLL message. If you need to manage scrolling through a range of dates, you can use this class on it's own. For example:
class CMyWindow :
void DoScroll(int cxDelta);
This is an abstract base class used by
CTimeLineCtrl to handle date-range rendering and selection.
I've included implementations for year, month, and week ranges (ie
CTimeLineWeekBand respectively). If you want to add your own custom date-range bands, these will hopefully give you a good place to start.
Note that in this design, these classes are internal implementation classes for use by
CTimeLineCtrl. Users of
CTimeLineCtrl don't need to be aware of their existence.
This is a
CWindowImpl-derived class that acts as a host for instances of
CTimeLineBand-derived classes. It mixes in
CTimeLineScroll to handled
WM_HSCROLL, and delegates rendering requests to its collection of bands.
The collection of bands is kept in a
std::deque. The order in which bands are displayed in the control follows the ordering of bands in this collection.
Incidentally, in this implementation, I chose to create the different bands on the heap (preferring to keep the implementation details of the bands hidden from users of the control). With a few changes, you could have them as member variables of this (or a derived) control instead. Just make sure you modify the memory management code in
OnDestroy if you do.
Here's an example of adding a band to
- Bjarke Viksoe - atlgdix.h (used for flicker-free drawing)