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Windows, Objects, and Properties

Windows can display user interface object s. An object is a logical entity that an application displays and a user manipulates--for example, a document or paragraph in a word-processing application. User interface objects do not necessarily correspond to Java programming language objects in an application's code. User interface objects represent data or other parts of a user's tasks.

User interface objects have characteristics called properties . For example, a paragraph might have a property that determines whether it is indented. Users can view or set the values of properties.

Applications can display a single object in more than one view . For example, at a user's request, an application might display the same objects as list items, table entries, or icons, as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1   Different Views of the Same Objects


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