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Issue 5.5

COLUMN

MDI

What is the Windows Multiple Document Interface?

Issue: 5.5 (July/August 2007)
Author: Christian Schmitz
Author Bio: Christian Schmitz is the creator of the Monkeybread Software REALbasic Plugins.
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Article Length (in bytes): 4,951
Starting Page Number: 44
Article Number: 5516
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REALbasic has some options you never see when you walk around all the options in a project. There is a MDI checkbox in the application subclass but most developers do not know exactly what it does. MDI is the shortcut for "Multiple Document Interface."

An application on Mac OS X is actually always an MDI. You can open several documents, each in its own window. A central menubar will show the window for the current window.

On Windows you can have an application (non-MDI) which has a window and attached to this window a menubar. If you open several windows you can have several menubars. Each window has a property named menubar where you can assign the menubar to be used for this window. On Linux it is the same.

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