XPCE allows the user to specify constraints between pairs of objects. In the example above we would like the text to be centered relative to the bitmap. This may be achieved using:
10 ?- get(@ic, member, bitmap, Bitmap), get(@ic, member, text, Text), new(_, constraint(Bitmap, Text, identity(center_x))).
Each time either the bitmap or the text changes this constraint will
<-center_x on the changed object and
with the return value on the other object. Class spatial
defines more general geometrical constraints between graphicals.
Constraints are high-level, but potentially expensive means to
specify graphical relations. An alternative is the redefinition of the
->geometry method of (compound) graphical
objects. See chapter 7.