Disable clicking on selected report view columns

I have developed a short piece of code to disable clicking column headers for columns than cannot be sorted-by.

This code simply uses the customization of header control as presented in "Indicating sort order" article. I just added slight more functionality to that header control.

1. I define a prototype and a variable in a class declaration body:


public:
	typedef BOOL (*ColumnCheckF)(void *,int,LPARAM);

	void SetCallback(ColumnCheckF checkf=NULL,void * cbdata=NULL)
	{
		m_fColumnCheck=checkf;
		m_pCBData=cbdata;
	}

private:
	ColumnCheckF m_fColumnCheck;
	void *m_pCBData;

After a click in a header, I find out the column (and I try to be wise and not disable clicking to resize columns) and ask the callback if the click is allowed (TRUE returned) or not.

It means, in the header (class declaration), I add


	// handlers
	afx_msg void OnLButtonDown(UINT,CPoint);
	DECLARE_MESSAGE_MAP()

and in the .CPP I add


BEGIN_MESSAGE_MAP(CCustHeaderCtrl,CHeaderCtrl)
	ON_WM_LBUTTONDOWN()
END_MESSAGE_MAP()

void CCustHeaderCtrl::OnLButtonDown(UINT flags,CPoint pt)
{
	if (m_fColumnCheck!=NULL)
	{
		HD_ITEM hditem;
		CClientDC dc(this);
		int offset=dc.GetTextExtent(_T(" "),1).cx*2;
		int x_coord=pt.x;

		int column=0;
		hditem.mask=HDI_WIDTH;
		while (x_coord>((column==0)?0:offset))
		{
			GetItem(column,&hditem);
			if (x_coord<hditem.cxy-offset)
			{
				// falls inside - query the func
				hditem.mask=HDI_LPARAM;
				GetItem(column,&hditem);
				if (!m_fColumnCheck(m_pCBData,column,hditem.lParam))
				{
					// don't forward the message!
					return;
				}
				break;
			}
			
			x_coord-=hditem.cxy;
			column++;
		}
	}

	CHeaderCtrl::OnLButtonDown(flags,pt);
}

The side effect of this code - it disables dragging the "disabled" columns. (That's because the header control never hears of LButtonDown message - I filter it of.)