Android Layout Weight


Question

I am new to Android development and I have a question about setting weight in a linear layout.

I am trying to create a row with two custom buttons and a custom edit text. The edit text should only take up as much room as its content, and the two buttons should expand horizontally to fill the rest of the available space in the row. Like this...

| [#Button++#] [#Button--#] [et] |

After several attempts this is the closest I can get to what I want, even though it seems overly complicated.

| [Button] [Button] [###ET###] |

<LinearLayout 
    android:orientation="horizontal"
    android:layout_width="fill_parent"
    android:layout_height="wrap_content"
    android:gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical"
    android:layout_weight="1"
    >

    <LinearLayout 
        android:orientation="horizontal"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_weight="1"
        android:gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical"
        >
        <RelativeLayout 
            android:id="@+id/btn_plus_container" 
            android:layout_width="fill_parent" 
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            >
            <ImageButton 
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:layout_width="fill_parent" 
                android:id="@+id/btn_plus" 
                android:background="@drawable/btn"
                android:layout_centerInParent="true"
                ></ImageButton>
            <TextView 
                android:textColor="#FAFAF4"
                android:id="@+id/tv_dice_plus" 
                android:text="@string/tv_plus" 
                android:layout_width="wrap_content" 
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:layout_centerInParent="true"
                ></TextView>
        </RelativeLayout>
    </LinearLayout>
    <LinearLayout 
        android:orientation="horizontal"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_weight="1"
        android:gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical"
        >
        <RelativeLayout 
            android:id="@+id/btn_minus_container" 
            android:layout_width="fill_parent" 
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            >
            <ImageButton 
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:layout_width="fill_parent" 
                android:id="@+id/btn_minus" 
                android:background="@drawable/btn"
                android:layout_centerInParent="true"
                ></ImageButton>
            <TextView 
                android:textColor="#FAFAF4"
                android:id="@+id/btn_minus" 
                android:text="@string/tv_minus" 
                android:layout_width="wrap_content" 
                android:layout_height="wrap_content"
                android:layout_centerInParent="true"
                ></TextView>
        </RelativeLayout>
    </LinearLayout>
    <LinearLayout 
        android:orientation="horizontal"
        android:layout_width="fill_parent"
        android:layout_height="wrap_content"
        android:layout_weight="1"
        android:gravity="center_horizontal|center_vertical"
        >
        <EditText 
            android:textColor="#FAFAF4"
            android:text="@string/et_output" 
            android:id="@+id/et_output" 
            android:layout_width="wrap_content" 
            android:layout_height="wrap_content"
            android:inputType="number"
            android:selectAllOnFocus="true" 
            android:minWidth="50sp"         
            android:maxWidth="50sp"
            android:background="@drawable/tv_black_background3"
            android:textColorHighlight="#c30505"
            ></EditText>
    </LinearLayout>
</LinearLayout>

As I understand setting [android:layout_weight="2"] for the linear layouts holding the buttons should make them take up more room than the edit text, but it does the opposite for me, making them both half the size.

| [Btn] [Btn] [#####et#####] |

I have tried so many different combinations I can't even remember them, and none have worked.

1
84
2/13/2011 9:08:09 PM

Accepted Answer

It doesn't work because you are using fill_parent as the width. The weight is used to distribute the remaining empty space or take away space when the total sum is larger than the LinearLayout. Set your widths to 0dip instead and it will work.

213
8/3/2012 1:13:02 PM

android:Layout_weight can be used when you don't attach a fix value to your width already like fill_parent etc.

Do something like this :

<Button>

Android:layout_width="0dp"
Android:layout_weight=1

-----other parameters
</Button>

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