Customizing List View Control Characteristics

Now you're ready to customize the rather bland (especially for a game menu) default ListView control with a custom divider and selection graphics. A ListView control has several parts—a header, the list of items, and a footer. By default, the ListView control displays no header or footer.

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Adding a Custom Divider

A ListView divider is displayed between each ListView item. The divider attribute can be either a color or a drawable graphic resource. If a color is specified, then a horizontal line (whose thickness is configurable) will be displayed between items in the list. If a drawable graphic resource is used, the graphic will appear between items. By default, no divider is displayed above the first list item nor below the last.

If you have a screen with only a ListView control, consider using the ListActivity class, which simplifies ListView management.

Adding a Custom Selector

A ListView selector indicates which list item is currently selected within the list. The ListView selector is controlled by the listSelector attribute. The default selector of a ListView control is a bright orange band.

TVy It Yourself

To add a divider to the ListView control, simply open the menu.xml layout file and change the ListView control's divider attribute to the @drawable/divider graphic resource (a squiggly yellow line) you added earlier.

Now, add a custom selector to the ListView control. To do this, simply open the menu.xml layout file and change the ListView control's listSelector attribute to the @drawable/textured graphic resource (a textured orange halo) you added earlier.

If you make the changes to the ListView divider and selector and re-launch the Been There, Done That! application in the emulator, the main menu screen should look as shown in Figure 8.4.


The Been There, Done That! main menu screen with a customized ListView control.

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