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Scroll Region

The canvas is practically infinite from a programmer's standpoint; however, in reality your application probably uses only a small area. When using the canvas you must specify which region is interesting to the user with gnome_canvas_set_scroll_region() (Figure 6). The scroll region is given in world coordinates. You can query the scroll region with gnome_canvas_get_scroll_region().

To add scroll bars to the canvas, simply create a GtkScrolledWindow and add the canvas to it:

  GtkWidget* sw;
  sw = gtk_scrolled_window_new(NULL, NULL);
  gtk_container_add(GTK_CONTAINER(sw), canvas);


If you want to implement scrolling via some mechanism other than the scroll bars, you can get and set the "scroll offsets." The scroll offsets are in canvas pixel coordinates; they specify the top left visible pixel. Remember that canvas pixel coordinates are relative to the scroll region.

         #include <libgnomeui/gnome-canvas.h>

void gnome_canvas_set_scroll_region(GnomeCanvas* canvas, double x1, double y1, double x2, double y2);

void gnome_canvas_get_scroll_region(GnomeCanvas* canvas, double* x1, double* y1, double* x2, double* y2);

void gnome_canvas_scroll_to(GnomeCanvas* canvas, gint cx, gint cy);

void gnome_canvas_get_scroll_offsets(GnomeCanvas* canvas, gint* cx, gint* cy);

Figure 6. Canvas Scrolling

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