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Graphic Java™ 1.2, Volume I: AWT, Third Edition by David M. Geary

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Components

All of the standard AWT components in the 1.1 release of the AWT are heavyweight components, which means that each component is rendered in a native, opaque window. While the 1.1 version of the AWT provides a framework for developing lightweight custom components,[1] it does not provide any specific lightweight components. Lightweight versions of all existing heavyweight components will be provided in a subsequent release of the AWT.

[1] See Lightweight Components for a discussion of lightweights.

All of the standard AWT components have native, platform-dependent peers that do much of the work behind the scenes. Implementing a peer-based design enabled the original designers of the AWT to rapidly develop a user interface toolkit that ...

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