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Multi colored JComboBox

 
Sajee Joseph
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Hi,
I need to have a JComboBox which contains a list of names.. say
"Joe", "saj", "sanjay", "ajai".... so on. Now depending on some condition i need these names to appear either in Red or in Blue.
I know that i can have my own class
MyCellRenderer which extends JLabel implements ListCellRenderer
and i can set this as the renderer for my JComboBox.
But my requirement doesnt end with this. When i made my own rendered i noticed that though the names in the dropdown list appeared in the color i wanted, yet the name that appears next to the "arrow" button is in Black. Also when i didnt have a renderer, the drop down list would automatically listen to the keys. For example if i type 's', the focus would automatically go to the first item that starts with 's'. However when i use my renderer, this doesnt happen. Help me solve these 2 problems .
Kindest regards
Saj
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
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