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protected IMGUI.Controls.TreeViewItem BuildRoot();


TreeViewItem The root of the tree. This item can later be accessed by 'rootItem'.


Abstract method that is required to be implemented. By default this method should create the full tree of TreeViewItems and return the root.

This method together with BuildRows are responsible for initializing the TreeView. A TreeView can be created using two distinct approaches: 1) Create the root and the full tree of items. 2) Create the root and the rows.

Approach 1 is the default since the TreeView then has automatic handling of building the rows, ancestor information etc. Approach 2 is desirable for very large data-sets or for data that change often. See more info in BuildRows.

Each TreeViewItem needs to be constructed with a unique integer ID (unique among all the items in the TreeView) and the ID needs to be consistent the same for same data element regardles of expanded state. The ID is used for finding items in the tree, for the selection state, expanded state and navigation.

For a properly initialized TreeView all the TreeViewItems need to have initialized the ‘parent’, ‘children’ and ‘depth’ properties. Depending on the tree data model it can be useful to either set the parent and children properties or the depth property and then use either SetupParentsAndChildrenFromDepths or SetupDepthsFromParentsAndChildren to set the uninitialized properties for all the rows in one call.

See Also: BuildRows, SetupParentsAndChildrenFromDepths, SetupDepthsFromParentsAndChildren, TreeViewItem.