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#1 2021-01-13 05:36:14

Awebb
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GUI/Widgets: How is cyclic scrolling in lists and menus called?

I'm looking for a general term to describe a phenomenon that is sometimes on by default and needs to be off and vice versa.

What I'm talking about is what I've been calling "cyclic scrolling" forever. It is, say, in a context menu, when you press the up or down cursor button and upon reaching the last element, it jumps back to the first. I'm looking for common names or a definite term, because neither "wrap" nor "cyclic scrolling" leads to a search result in an endless scenario.

If there is no single term, how is this called in, say Qt, GTK or WPF? Is it being called anything at all? I've tried to read the docs of several list/menu item classes in those three toolkits, but couldn't find anything and I suspect I was looking in the wrong places.

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#2 2021-01-13 12:14:46

lambdarch
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Re: GUI/Widgets: How is cyclic scrolling in lists and menus called?

Wrap around?

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#3 2021-01-13 13:37:00

Awebb
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Re: GUI/Widgets: How is cyclic scrolling in lists and menus called?

That's what I tried, but I haven't had any results, because the term wrap seems to mean "text that is being wrapped in a box" or "elements arrange themselves in a box". Maybe I need to write some dummy code and ask in a specialised place.

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#4 2021-01-13 13:51:55

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Re: GUI/Widgets: How is cyclic scrolling in lists and menus called?

I know that "wrap around" is used to refer to a cyclical search in a document: https://developer.gnome.org/gtksourcevi … rap-around
What you describe for lists is similar, but perhaps there is a more specific term that is appropriate in this case.

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