Chapter 17: The Multiple Document Interface


Generally, there are two types of user interface applications: SDI (single document interface) and MDI (multiple document interface). SDI applications have a single main form and enable us to view a single document at a time. Applications like Notepad, WordPad, Paint, and the Delphi Text Editor we built in the previous chapter are SDI applications.

Unlike SDI applications, MDI applications allow us to view more than one document at a time. An MDI application consists of a main (parent) form and none or many child window instances that are displayed within the parent form, as shown below.

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Figure 17-1: An MDI image viewer

Besides the SDI and MDI interface styles, there are two other styles that are often used: the Explorer-style interface (see Figure 17-2) and the tabbed interface (see Figure 17-3). Both of these styles are actually SDI interfaces built with complex components like TTreeView and TPageControl.

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Figure 17-2: The Explorer-style interface

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Figure 17-3: The tabbed interface

Inside Delphi 2006
Inside Delphi 2006 (Wordware Delphi Developers Library)
ISBN: 1598220039
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 212
Authors: Ivan Hladni

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