Check boxes

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A check box provides a way to make a single on-off choice; it consists of a tiny box and a label. The box typically holds a little ‘x’ (or some other indication that it is set) or is empty depending on whether that item was selected.

// Using check boxes
import java.awt.*;
import java.applet.*;
public class CheckBox1 extends Applet {
  TextArea t = new TextArea(6, 20);
  Checkbox cb1 = new Checkbox("Check Box 1");
  Checkbox cb2 = new Checkbox("Check Box 2");
  Checkbox cb3 = new Checkbox("Check Box 3");
  public void init() {
    add(t); add(cb1); add(cb2); add(cb3);
  public boolean action (Event evt, Object arg) {
      trace("1", cb1.getState());
    else if(
      trace("2", cb2.getState());
    else if(
      trace("3", cb3.getState());
      return super.action(evt, arg);
    return true;
  void trace(String b, boolean state) {
      t.appendText("Box " + b + " Set\n");
      t.appendText("Box " + b + " Cleared\n");
} ///:~ 

The trace( ) method sends the name of the selected Checkbox and its current state to the TextArea using appendText( ) so you’ll see a cumulative list of the checkboxes that were selected and what their state is.


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