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Pmw features

Pmw is a toolkit for building high-level compound widgets, or megawidgets, constructed using other widgets as component parts. It promotes consistent look and feel within and between graphical applications, is highly configurable to your needs and is easy to use.

Pmw consists of:

  • A few base classes, providing a foundation for building megawidgets.

  • A library of flexible and extensible megawidgets built on the base classes, such as buttonboxes, notebooks, comboboxes, selection widgets, paned widgets, scrolled widgets and dialog windows.

  • A lazy importer/dynamic loader which is automatically invoked when Pmw is first imported. This gives unified access to all Pmw classes and functions through the Pmw. prefix. It also speeds up module loading time by only importing Pmw sub-modules when needed.

  • Complete reference documentation, covering all classes and functions including all megawidgets and their options, methods and components. Helpful tutorial material is also available.

  • A test framework and tests for Pmw megawidgets.

  • A slick demonstration of the megawidgets.

  • An interface to the BLT busy, graph and vector commands.

The interface to Pmw megawidgets is similar to basic Tk widgets, so it is easy for developers to include both megawidgets and basic Tk widgets in their graphical applications. In addition, Pmw megawidgets may themselves be extended, using either inheritance or composition.

The use of the Pmw megawidgets replaces common widget combinations with higher level abstractions. This simplifies code, making it more readable and maintainable. The ability to extend Pmw megawidgets enables developers to create new megawidgets based on previous work.

Pmw 1.2 - 5 Aug 2003 - Home