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Mike Louys Mike Louys

Joined: Feb 17, 2005
Posts: 2
Writing an Applet that takes a string and places it in the center of specified area. Utilizing drawString to position the string for the output. I want to use FontMetric to determine the size of the string in Pixels.

I have the following lines coded to display the value returned from FontMetrics processing when perfroming the drawString.

import javax.swing.JApplet;
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
import java.awt.Graphics;
import java.awt.Color;

public class WriteNameApplet extends JApplet

String sName;

int iWidth ,iHeight, sLength;

int topXSpot, topYSpot, lowXSpot, lowYSpot;

public void init()

sName = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null,
"What is your Name?","Write your Name",

public void start()
//obtain length of input string
sLength = sName.length( );

//obtain width and height of applet from html file
iWidth = getWidth( );
iHeight = getHeight( );

// get x coordinates based on width /2 - (length of name * Pixel per char)/2
topXSpot = iWidth/2 - (sLength*8)/2;
lowXSpot = iWidth/2 - (sLength*8)/2;

// get y coordinates based on height / 4 . In order to center in
// the middle of upper and lower halves.
topYSpot = iHeight/4;
lowYSpot = 3*(iHeight/4);


public void paint(Graphics g)
int fontWidth;

// creates new font metrics instance
FontMetrics fm = g.getFontMetrics();
fontWidth = fm.stringWidth(sName);

//set background color

//change string to lower case letters

//output string sName
g.drawString(sName.toLowerCase( ) + ' ' + fontWidth,topXSpot, topYSpot);

//change string to upper case letters
//output string sName for second time
g.drawString(sName.toUpperCase( ),lowXSpot,lowYSpot);


When I go to compile the code, I get the following message: resolve symbol
Symbol : class FontMetrics
Location : class WriteNameApplet
FontMetrics fm = g.getFontMetrics();
1 error

When I looked at the entries on the forum, it appears that I have this coded properly but....

I would appreciate any suggestions as to what the problem may be?
Liam Tiarnach
Ranch Hand

Joined: Aug 06, 2004
Posts: 51
Well looking at the error message...

then looking at your import statements...

looks like this import might just be missing...

at least that what jumped out at me...

- Liam...<br />- ' He who never sleeps... '
Mike Louys Mike Louys

Joined: Feb 17, 2005
Posts: 2
Many Thanks, I added that import and everything worked fine.
Joel McNary

Joined: Aug 20, 2001
Posts: 1824

Mike Louys Mike Louys

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