How to Write an Undoable Edit Listener

Undoable edit events occur when an operation that can be undone occurs on a component. Currently, only text components fire undoable edit events, and then only indirectly. The text component's document fires the events. For text components, undoable operations include inserting characters, deleting characters, and modifying the style of text. Programs typically listen to undoable edit events to assist in the implementation of undo and redo commands.

Here is the undoable edit event handling code from an application called TextComponentDemo.

//where initialization occurs
document.addUndoableEditListener(new MyUndoableEditListener());
protected class MyUndoableEditListener implements UndoableEditListener {
    public void undoableEditHappened(UndoableEditEvent e) {
        //Remember the edit and update the menus

You can find a link to the source file for TextComponentDemo in the example index for Using Swing Components. For a discussion about the undoable edit listener aspect of the program see Implementing Undo and Redo

The Undoable Edit Listener API

The UndoableEditListener Interface

Because UndoableEditListener has only one method, it has no corresponding adapter class.

Method Purpose
undoableEditHappened(UndoableEditEvent) Called when an undoable event occurs on the listened-to component.

The UndoableEditEvent Class

Method Purpose
Object getSource()
(in java.util.EventObject)
Return the object that fired the event.
UndoableEdit getEdit() Returns an UndoableEdit object that represents the edit that occurred and contains information about and commands for undoing or redoing the edit.

Examples that Use Undoable Edit Listeners

The following table lists the examples that use undoable edit listeners.

Example Where Described Notes
TextComponentDemo Implementing Undo and Redo Implements undo and redo on a text pane with help from an undoable edit listener.