A multi-select tree control class

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Environment: VC6 SP2

There have already been several implementations of a multi-select tree control
posted to CodeGuru, but none of them have provided the functionality and/or behaviour
I required.

The versions I have seen take the approach of handling the selection around the
mouse-down, mouse-move and mouse-up messages, with variables holding state in-between.
CMultiTree takes the approach of handling the whole multi-selection within the
mouse-down handler. This is a closer approach to the underlying Windows treeview

CMultiTree attempts to mirror the selection behaviour of a CListCtrl (listview control)
class. In fact the code was developed by putting a CListCtrl next to a CTreeCtrl and
trying the combinations of mouse clicks/drags, and key presses. CMultiTree thus has
full rubber-band selection support.

The sample application implements the CTreeCtrl in a CTreeView class, using a method
described on a CodeGuru site. Unfortunately I can’t find the original article to
credit the author [hopefully the editor can do this on my behalf].


Multiple-selection in CMultiTree should be done in more or less the same way as in
a CListCtrl, i.e. using SetItemState, GetItemState. I have taken the liberty of
defining a TVIS_FOCUSED (the equivalent of LVIS_FOCUSED of the CListCtrl).

SetItemState / GetItemState:

These two methods have been over-scoped in the CMultiTree class to replace the
underlying CTreeCtrl versions. Because they are NOT virtual, they must be called
in the scope of the CMultiTree class (or derived class), otherwise they will not
work, e.g.:

    /* if m_tree is a CMultiTree */
    CTreeCtrl *pTree = &m_tree;
    UINT nState = pTree->GetItemState(hItem, TVIS_FOCUSED|TVIS_SELECTED);

this will NOT call the CMultiTree version because of the non-virtual GetItemState.

Examine the header file for other methods, they are pretty self-explanatory.

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Copyright (c) 1999 Richard Hazlewood.


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