at first i thought it was a great big deal, involving styles and all sorts of stuff. in the end i reckon that i should really have just KISS.

the aim

the built-in Android UI elements (e.g. simple_spinner_dropdown_item) aren't always satisfying. but creating *completely* custom UI elements is not what's wanted. the comprimise is to make changes to the built-in elements only where needed. e.g. i might want to just change the text color.


first, use the built-in UI elements as if that's what's wanted:

SimpleCursorAdapter scaRows = new SimpleCursorAdapter(
	getApplicationContext(), android.R.layout.simple_spinner_item, rows, rowsFrom, rowsTo);

now if you are using eclipse just like me, just hold CTRL and click android.R.layout.simple_spinner_item. to that, a new file would be opened, which is simple_spinner_item.xml. copy all its contents to a layout file in the layout folder in your project folder in your workspace, e.g. /res/layout/simple_spinner_item.xml, so that you can reference it in Java code like R.layout.simple_spinner_item , instead of using the android stuff anymore.

and then, simply add new attributes to the elements. e.g., add a android:textColor attribute:

<TextView xmlns:android=""
    android:singleLine="true" />

and that does it!


when i hadn't yet realized how simple the job was, i was looking over a whole bunch of stuff. here's some of them: