Ios – UIView bottom border


To a UIScrollView *toScrollView (which is the width of the screen), I want to add a gray bottom border (exactly like that of the to-field of the compose view of the iPhone's native Messages app).

To achieve this, I followed Cocoa Touch: How To Change UIView's Border Color And Thickness? and just covered the top border with the custom UINavigationBar and made the toScrollView's x-coordinate -1 & width 322 so that the left & right borders are just off screen.

This looks fine, but it's sort of a hack, and I was wondering if there's a better way to do this.

- (void)viewDidLoad {
    [super viewDidLoad];

    // Add UINavigationBar *navigationBar at top.
    self.navigationItem.leftBarButtonItem = [[UIBarButtonItem alloc]
                                             target:self action:@selector(cancelAction)];
    UINavigationBar *navigationBar = [[UINavigationBar alloc]
                                      initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0.0f, 0.0f, 320.0f, 44.0f)];
    navigationBar.items = [NSArray arrayWithObject:self.navigationItem];

    // Add UIScrollView *toScrollView below navigationBar.
    UIScrollView *toScrollView = [[UIScrollView alloc]
                                  initWithFrame:CGRectMake(-1.0f, 43.0f, 322.0f, 45.0f)];
    toScrollView.backgroundColor = [UIColor whiteColor];
    toScrollView.layer.borderColor = [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.8f alpha:1.0f].CGColor;
    toScrollView.layer.borderWidth = 1.0f;
    [self.view addSubview:toScrollView];
    [self.view addSubview:navigationBar]; // covers top of toScrollView

Best Solution

Instead of using a UIView, as @ImreKelényi suggests, you can use a CALayer:

// Add a bottomBorder.
CALayer *bottomBorder = [CALayer layer];

bottomBorder.frame = CGRectMake(0.0f, 43.0f, toScrollView.frame.size.width, 1.0f);

bottomBorder.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithWhite:0.8f 

[toScrollView.layer addSublayer:bottomBorder];