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Pmw todo list

This is a long list of suggestions and enhancements for Pmw. If you are interested in doing any of these, please let the Pmw maintainer ( know.

New Pmw megawidgets

  • Multicolumn listbox.

    Useful features - smooth scrolling, embedded images, different fonts and colours, text correctly masked when it is longer than its column width, interactive resizing of columns.

    Probably should be implemented as canvas widget rather than by using multiple frames or multiple listboxes. There would be a lot of work needed to position all the elements - you can't just pack or grid them.

  • File dialog.

  • Main window class (App class), with menu bar, information line with status boxes and an about box. (See iwidgets' mainwindow class for example.) This should handle creation of multiple main windows, recycling of unused main windows and should exit if last open main window is closed.

  • Searchable text megawidget.

  • Tree browser.

  • Check out Doug Hellmann's contributed megawidgets at <> or <> and integrate into Pmw.

Changes to current megawidgets


  • Modify activate() geometry argument to allow window positioning relative to the pointer, another window or the screen and allow the centering of the window relative to the positioning point or by a specified offset. Also add the ability to position the window so that the mouse is over a particular widget in the toplevel.

    Should handle all combinations of

     when (always/first)
     where (center/geometry/mouse)
     parent (screen/window)
     and None (don't position)

    Check Tix4.1.0/library/DialogS.tcl center method for how to center over another window

    Check iwidget's shell.itk for code to center widget over screen or another widget.

    See Pmw.Balloon code for how to position over pointer.

    Tcl code to center over another (parent) window:

     # center client relative to master (default xoff, yoff = -1)
     set geomaster [split [wm geometry $master] "x+"]
     set geoclient [split [wm geometry $client] "x+"]
     if {$xoff == -1} {
       set xoff [expr (
         ([lindex $geomaster 0] - [lindex $geoclient 0]) / 2)]
     set newxpos [expr [lindex $geomaster 2] + $xoff]
     if {$yoff == -1} {
       set yoff [expr (
         ([lindex $geomaster 1] - [lindex $geoclient 1]) / 2)]
     set newypos [expr [lindex $geomaster 3] + $yoff]
     wm geometry $client +$newxpos+$newypos

    More tcl code to center dialog over another (parent) window:

     (args: parent dlg)
     # First, display the dialog offscreen to get dimensions.
     set screenW [winfo screenwidth $parent]
     set screenH [winfo screenheight $parent]
     set w [expr $screenW + 1]
     wm geometry $dlg +$w+0
     # Get relative center of parent. 
     set w [winfo width $parent]
     set h [winfo height $parent]
     set w [expr $w/2]
     set h [expr $h/2]
     # Get and add screen offset of parent.
     set w [expr $w + [winfo rootx $parent]]
     set h [expr $h + [winfo rooty $parent]]
     # Get dimensions of dialog.
     set dlgW [winfo width $dlg]
     set dlgH [winfo height $dlg]
     # Make adjustments for actual dimensions of dialog.
     set w [expr $w - $dlgW / 2]
     set h [expr $h - $dlgH / 2]
     # Let's keep the entire dialog onscreen at all times.
     # Center in screen if things are awry.
     set recenter 0
     if { $w < 0 } { set recenter 1 }
     if { $h < 0 } { set recenter 1 }
     if { [expr $w + $dlgW] > $screenW } { set recenter 1 }
     if { [expr $h + $dlgH] > $screenH } { set recenter 1 }
     if { $recenter } {
       set w [expr ($screenW -$dlgW) / 2]
       set h [expr ($screenH - $dlgH) / 2]
     wm geometry $dlg +$w+$h
  • Add geometry argument to show() (same as activate() above).


  • Add label (header?) to Dialog class. May not be necessary, or too complicated.


  • When a horizontal ButtonBox is stretched, the left button stays anchored to the left edge and there is too much space between the last button and the right edge.

  • Add an option to either evenly space the buttons across the button box, or to keep them together and justify them to the left, right or center. Check that deleting buttons works correctly.


  • Remove arrowrelief option from ComboBox and do what counter does: gets value of arrow's relief just before sinking it, then restores it later.

  • Change bindings: remove all bindings from arrow key and remove arrow key from <tab> focus sequence; only implement these bindings on the entry widget:

     Up    popup dropdown list, scroll up if already displayed
     Down  popup dropdown list, scroll down if already displayed
     Esc   popdown dropdown list, return entry to previous value
     Enter popdown dropdown list, execute current selection

    Remove bindings from listbox and scrollbar(s), so that all bindings are via the entry widget?

  • When entering keys when list is displayed, scroll list to first entry beginning with entered keys. If no match, scroll list to top.

  • Remove many of the arrow bindings from Pmw.ComboBox - there are just too many key bindings on the arrow button. There is no need for it to respond to keys such as the up/down keys when the adjacent Entry widget already does so. I propose to remove all Pmw.ComboBox arrow button key bindings except for <space>, which can be used to bring up the dropdown list. The Entry widget behaviour would remain unchanged: when it has focus, you can use the up/down keys to go to the next/previous entries and then use <Return> to invoke the selection command.

    Alternatively, make the bindings the same as the MS-Windows combobox. (Use the url entry field in Navigator or IE as an example of MS-Windows behaviour). These have been reported to be:

    • All mouse actions are exclusively triggered by the left button.

    • Right button displays "Direkthilfe" on my german system ("Direct Help"). This is a floating button, that triggers display of a tool tip like the |?| button that appears next to the |x| at the right end of the title bar of some native windows dialogs.

    • The arrow is very slim (acutally flat: width/height is about 2/1)

    • Entry and popup have the same color ("window color")

    • The popup has a 1 pixel dark border, no spacing between popup and scrollbar.

    • If the box has the focus, the full entry is displayed in "selected" style.

    • If the box has the focus, up and left keys rotate items up, down and right keys rotate items down, all with immediate effect.

    • If the box has the focus, keys a-z (not case sensitive) rotate through the items with same first character, with immediate effect.

    • No separate focus for the arrowbutton

    • Discussing how the combobox behaves with arrow keys when it has the focus: "The concept is almost identical to what you already have, just gives more visual feedback. In your current implementation you allow to rotate through the values with the up and down arrow keys, showing the strings in the entryfield, and accepting the values when the user presses the spacebar (hmmm, how can I exit this without moving back to the original value manually?). On Windows, the choice is not shown in the entryfield, but the popup opens when you press the up or down arrow keys, as if you clicked on the arrowbutton, and you then navigate the values in the listbox. This avoids the display of not finally selected values in the entryfield and is a lot more obvious and less confusing. The current behaviour certainly confused me, which is why I first proposed the changes to the moveup/down methods." (Georg Mischler)

    Also, check bindings on other megawidgets for consistency.

  • Modify Pmw.ComboBox so that the width of the entry widget is forced to be the same as the width of the dropdown listbox. If the "width" option to the standard listbox is 0, Tk sets the requested width of the listbox to be just large enough to hold the widest element in the listbox. Using this option, I can see that listbox.winfo_reqwidth() is changing as I insert items into an unmapped listbox. The question is, how do I get notified of these events so that I can set the width of the entry?

    The problem is that the listbox is in another toplevel which has not yet been displayed, so I can't bind to <Configure> to determine its width.

    One suggestion is to override the insert and delete methods of the Listbox class. The problem with this is what if the font changed, or the borderwidth, etc? You would need to override and check many more methods.

  • Add ability to tearoff dropdown list (suggested by Dean N. Williams).

  • Should be able to disable/enable arrow button.


  • Add option for different increment/decrement behaviour. For example, assuming increment is 1:

    1. Current behaviour - move to the next multiple of the increment, eg: 1.0 -> 2.0, 1.234 -> 2.0

    2. Add or subtract the increment to whatever is displayed, eg: 1.0 -> 2.0, 1.234 -> 2.234

    3. Move to the next multiple of the increment, offset by some value. eg: (if offset is 0.5) 0.5 -> 1.5, 1.234 -> 1.5, 1.678 -> 2.5

  • Add wrap option (to wrap around at limits) (then don't need time24 arg to 'time' datatype).

  • Add a state option to disable Counter.

  • Add option to Counter to allow the buttons to be on the same side, one on top of the other, like Tix, Itcl, Motif, Windows 95, etc. There should probably also be an option to lay the current large buttons on the same side of the entry field, next to each other.

  • Redo TimeCounter using vertical Counter, add limitcommand option to Counter to allow overflow from seconds to minutes to hours

Arrowed megawidgets (Counter, ComboBox, TimeCounter)

  • Potential construction speed up if Canvas arrows are replaced by Label with Bitmap or BitmapImage. The hard part would be to make the bitmap change size depending on size of Label.

  • Pmw.drawarrow should draw arrows which look like Tk cascade menu arrows.


  • Can it be modified to change all entered characters to upper or lower case automatically? Or first-upper or first-of-each-word-upper?

  • If the validity of the currently displayed text is ERROR, allow any changes, even those which result in invalid text. This is useful when invalid data has been given to the value option and the user is trying to correct it.


  • Add tix-style border.


  • Maybe Pmw.MenuBar should also have (optional) balloon help for menu items as well as menu buttons. I am not sure whether users would find this useful.

  • The status help hints do not appear when using F10/arrow keys.

  • Look at the Tk8.0 menu demo and check the help bindings for ideas, in particular, how can you get help when using keyboard bindings.

  • Check the new menu features in Tk8.0 for creating "native" menu bars and the special ".help" menu.

  • Add index() method.

  • Add a 'position' option to addmenu and deletemenu methods. This option should accept an index number, a menuName or Pmw.END.

  • Look at itcl menubar for ideas.


  • Positioning of the balloon with respect to the target widget or canvas item: There are a number of ways that Pmw.Balloon could be improved. For example, currently the the top left corner of the balloon is positioned relative to the bottom left corner of the target, offset by the [xy]offset options. These options apply to all targets - they can not be set differently for different targets.

    To make it more configurable, the user should be able to specify, for each target:

    • the base position in the target relative to which the balloon should be placed (n, s, e, w, nw, sw, ne, se, c) (Currently sw)

    • the x and y offsets (Default (20, 1))

    • the position in the balloon that should be placed at the offset position (n, s, e, w, nw, sw, ne, se, c) (Currently nw)

      Note, if this is anything other than nw, update_idletasks() will need to be called to get the size of the balloon before it is positioned - there is a possibility that this may cause weird ugly flashing.

    • whether either the base x or y position should be taken relative to the current mouse position rather than as one of the corners of the target. This would be useful for large targets, such as text widgets, or strange shaped canvas items. This could be specified using special base positions, such as (nm, sm, em, wm). For example, for 'sm', the x base position is the mouse x position and y base position is the bottom (south) edge of the target.

    The user should be able to specify global defaults for all of these, as well as be able to override them for each target. The Pmw.Balloon options and their defaults could be:

     basepoint   sw        # Position on target.
     anchor      nw        # Position on the balloon
     xoffset     20        # x distance between basepoint and anchor
     yoffset     1         # y distance between basepoint and anchor

    To be able to override these, the bind() and tagbind() methods would have to accept these as additional arguments. Each would default to None, in which case the default values at the time the balloon is deiconified would be used.

    I'm not sure about how to handle the case when the balloon is configured to come up under the mouse. When this happens the balloon flashes on and off continuously. This can happen now if you set the yoffset to a negative number. Should the balloon widget detect this and do something about it?

  • Add showballoon(x, y, text) method to Balloon and use in balloon help for a listbox:

    On 3 Dec, Michael Lackhoff wrote:

     And another question:
     Is it possible to create a balloon-help for the entries
     in the listbox?  Not all the information is in the
     listbox and it would be nice if a balloon help could
     give addtional information.

    Rather than popup a balloon help window as the mouse moves over items in the listbox, I think it would be better if it pops up after you clicked on an item (or a short time afterwards). Pmw.Balloon displays the balloon help a short time after the mouse enters a widget, so is not directly usable in this case. However, a method could be added to Pmw.Balloon to request it to popup the balloon at a particular x,y position. This method could be called from the listbox_focus method above. Something like:

     def listbox_focus(self, event):
         text = self.indexlist.getcurselection()
         # expand text to whatever you want:
         text = 'This is ' + text
         self.balloon.showballoon(x, y, text)

    The Pmw.Balloon showballoon() method would have to set a timer which sometime later calls another method which displays the text. You would also need to bind <ButtonRelease-1> to a hideballoon() method which withdraws the popup.

  • The balloon can be displayed off-screen if the window is near the edge of the screen. Add a fix so that the balloon always stays on the screen (but does not popup under the mouse, otherwise it will immediately pop down).

  • Add a fix so that the balloon does not disappear if the mouse enters it. Could do this by setting a short timer on the Leave event before withdrawing the balloon and if there is an Enter event on the balloon itself, do not withdraw it.

  • For tagged items in text widgets, the balloon is placed relative to the character in the tagged item closest to the mouse. This is not consistent: in the other cases (including canvas), the balloon is placed relative to the bottom left corner of the widget or canvas item. This should also be the case for text items.

  • Is the new (in Tk8) "<<MenuSelect>>" event useful for balloon and/or status help.


  • Finish logmessage functionality.

  • Add colours and fonts to MessageBar message types. For example, systemerror message types could have bold font on a red background.

  • Add message logging history view (like the ddd debugger).


  • Notebook should recalculate layout if the requested size of a tab changes (eg font size, text, etc).

  • The tabpos option should accept s, e and w as well as n.

  • Possible new options (borrowed from iwidgets):

    • equaltabs

      If set to true, causes horizontal tabs to be equal in in width and vertical tabs to equal in height.

      Specifies whether to force tabs to be equal sized or not. A value of true means constrain tabs to be equal sized. A value of false allows each tab to size based on the text label size. The value may have any of the forms accepted by the Tcl_GetBoolean, such as true, false, 0, 1, yes, or no.

      For horizontally positioned tabs (tabpos is either s or n), true forces all tabs to be equal width (the width being equal to the longest label plus any padX speci- fied). Horizontal tabs are always equal in height.

      For vertically positioned tabs (tabpos is either w or e), true forces all tabs to be equal height (the height being equal to the height of the label with the largest font). Vertically oriented tabs are always equal in width.

      Could have a special value which sets equal sized and also forces tabs to completely fill notebook width (apparently like Windows).

    • tabgap

      Specifies the amount of pixel space to place between each tab. Value may be any pixel offset value. In addi- tion, a special keyword overlap can be used as the value to achieve a standard overlap of tabs. This value may have any of the forms acceptable to Tk_GetPixels.

    • raiseselect

      Sets whether to raise selected tabs slightly (2 pixels).

      Specifes whether to slightly raise the selected tab from the rest of the tabs. The selected tab is drawn 2 pixels closer to the outside of the tabnotebook than the unselected tabs. A value of true says to raise selected tabs, a value of false turns this feature off. The default is false. The value may have any of the forms accepted by the Tcl_GetBoolean, such as true, false, 0, 1, yes, or no.

    • bevelamount

      Specifies pixel size of tab corners. 0 means no corners.

  • There should be a way to temporarily hide a page, without deleting it (like pack_forget). (Suggested by Michel Sanner)


  • Should accept focus and obey up and down arrow keys.


  • Add index() method

  • Modify all methods so that they accept Pmw.END as a pane identifier as well as an index or a name.

  • Check iwidgets pane and panedwindow classes.


  • Add insert() and delete() methods.

  • The index method should have forInsert argument.

  • Add Pmw.SELECT to index() method. For single selectmode this returns an integer, for multiple selectmode this returns a list of integers.

  • Add option to set background color on selected buttons. Maybe should also be able set selected foreground as well. Any others?


  • Add boldFixed fonts,

  • Search for closest size font if no exact match.

  • Maybe replace with Tk8.0 font mechanism.

  • Can the Tk8.0 font measuring functionality be used in Pmw somehow?

Scrolled widgets

  • Can some common scrolling methods be factored out, either as a base class, "ScrolledMixin" mixin class or as helper functions? Candidate methods: constructor, destroy, interior, _hscrollMode, _vscrollMode, _configureScrollCommands, _scrollXNow, _scrollYNow, _scrollBothLater, _scrollBothNow, _toggleHorizScrollbar, _toggleVertScrollbar.

  • ScrolledField should have optional arrow buttons, so that it can still be scrolled even if the mouse does not have a middle button.


  • Add a button to the Pmw "Stack trace window" which optionally removes all grabs:

    I normally interact with the "Stack trace window" immediately, and dismiss it afterwards. In many cases where a bug appears like this, the rest of the application is still functional (many of the problems appearing at this stage of development of my application are unforeseen exceptions communicating with a robot on the other end of a socket, not affecting the GUI per se). For that reason I'd prefer if the "stack trace window" would push another grab on the grab stack (if any grabs are active at the moment the exception occurs). Could the window have an extra "Terminate application" option for this case?

  • need to handle component option queries in configure():

     foo = Pmw.AboutDialog(applicationname = 'abc XYZ')
     foo.component('message').configure('text')    - works
     foo.cget('message_text')                      - works
     foo.configure('message_text')                 - doesn't
  • Implement bindings (ComboBox, etc) via a dictionary lookup, to allow people to invent new bindings, such as for handicapped users. (Suggested by Michael McLay)

  • Modify so that it checks Pmw.def to see that no files have been missed.

  • Potential cheap speedup by adding this to each module, or inside functions if it has a loop containing calls to builtins:

     from __builtin__ import *
  • Look at how update_idletasks and after_* are used in Pmw - are they consistent? could it be improved? What are the problems of using these on other bits of an application (such as when the size of the toplevel is being determined for the window manager).

  • If lots of errors occur (such as in a fast time callback) the error window may not appear, since Tk will wait until it is idle - which may never occur. The solution is to call update_idletask when updating the error window, but only after a short time has passed. This will provide better user response. However, it may not be possible to do this if some python interpretes (omppython, for example) do not handle calls to update_idletasks at certain times.

  • In the Pmw FAQ, in the "Why don't Pmw megawidgets have a 'state' option?" section, it mentions several Pmw megawidgets that can not be disabled. Fix them.

  • Add RCSID version string to all files.

  • When raising exceptions use the third argument to raise:

     raise SimulationException, msg, sys.exc_info()[2]
  • When update_idletasks is called all pending changes are flushed to the window system server. However, it may take some time for the server to display the changes. If it is required that the display be up-to-date, update_idletasks should be followed by a call that blocks until processed by the server and a reply received. This may be useful in Pmw.busycallback to ensure the busy cursor remains visible until the display is actually modified.

  • There is a small bug which appears only with Tk8.0 (the bug is not apparent with Tk4.2). If a dialog is activated and pops up directly over the cursor and the dialog has a default button, then pressing the <strong>Return</strong> key will not invoke the default button. If you move the mouse out of and then back into the dialog, pressing the <strong>Return</strong> key will work. This behaviour has been noticed in Tcl-only programs, so it is probably a bug in Tk. (Tested on Solaris.)

  • Modify to use blt2.4 instead of blt8.0.unoff. Nick Belshaw <> is looking at wrapping the new BLT StripChart and TabSet into Pmw.

  • Perhaps Pmw should have its own exception defined, like TkInters's TclError, perhaps called PmwError.

  • This one is caused by a bug in the implementation of Tcl/Tk for Microsoft Windows NT (and maybe other Microsoft products). Mouse release events can get lost if the grab_set and grab_release commands are used and the mouse goes outside of the window while the mouse button is down. This can occur while Pmw modal dialogs are active. Below is some Tkinter-only code which demonstrates the problem. Maybe there is a work around.

     # Test script to demonstrate bug in Tk
     #implementation of grab under NT.
     # Click on "Dialog" to bring up the modal
     # dialog window.  Then button down on the scale,
     # move the mouse outside the window,
     # then button up.  The scale slider will still
     # be sunken and clicks on the "OK" button
     # will be ineffective.
     import Tkinter
     def activate():
         toplevel.grab_set()        # Problem here
     def deactivate():
         toplevel.grab_release()    # and here
     root = Tkinter.Tk()
     toplevel = Tkinter.Toplevel()
     waitVar = Tkinter.IntVar()
     scale = Tkinter.Scale(toplevel, orient='horizontal', length=200)
     button = Tkinter.Button(toplevel, text='OK', command=deactivate)
     button = Tkinter.Button(text='Dialog', command=activate)
     button = Tkinter.Button(text='Exit', command=root.destroy)


  • Document how to get Pmw working on a Mac, for example:

    • Unzip and untar

      This depends on what you use to unpack the tar file. If you use (macgzip and) SunTar you have to tell it that files with ".py" extensions are text files (in the preferences/file type section). If you use stuffit expander: this can be made to do the conversion correctly, but it could be that this only works if you set the .py extension correctly in Internet Config.

      • Where do you untar Pmw?

      • How do you get line terminators correct (carriage return/line feed)?

      • Is there any problem with file name case? (mixed upper/lower case)

      • Is there any problem with file name length?

      (Joseph Saltiel says: It was the same type of operation as in Windows/Unix. Run a program that unzips it and untars it. It seems to get case and length right on its own.)

    • Let python know where Pmw is

      • If Pmw is in its own folder you will have to add the parent of that folder to the sys paths in Edit PythonPaths. If it is in the Python home folder, you do not need to do this.

      • Make sure that the Pmw folder is called "Pmw" and not something else. Since Pmw is a package, python expects to find a "Pmw" folder somewhere in sys.path.

      (Joseph Saltiel says: With the Python distribution on the Mac there is an application called editPythonPrefs, when you run it it gives you a list of a paths. These paths are similiar to the PYTHONPATH variable. I just added the path to Pmw at the bottom of this list.)

  • Document general ideas about building guis, eg:

    When I write gui applications, I usually defer creation of windows as much as possible - this means that the application starts up quickly because it usually only has to create the main window. Whenever another window is required for the first time, it is created then. When the user has finished with the window, the window is withdrawn, not deleted, so that next time it is required it much faster to come up.

    In summary - don't create a window until you need and don't destroy a window if you may want it again.

    The amount of memory required to keep the windows should not be very much - except for very long running programs where the user may create thousands of different windows.

  • Add class hierarchy diagram to documentation:

  • Add to doco something like: "Another way to extend a Pmw megawidget is to specify a non-default type for one of the components. For example text_pytype = FontText."

  • Document pyclass and pyclass = None (options for null components are ignored; the only time this can be used is with the Group's tag component - all other's use the component widget in some way)

  • Create index of all Pmw methods, functions, options, components.

  • Add description of how to run the Pmw demos without installing.

  • Add description of how to install Pmw.

  • Describe grid structure of megawidgets, so that it is possible to extend megawidgets by adding new widgets into the interior (hence avoiding a childsite in most megawidgets)

  • Document error display and difference between callback and binding error reports.

  • Document difference between 'Helvetica 12' and 'Helvetica size: 12' in logicalfont.

  • Add to howtouse, to describe using the option database to set options for a specific megawidget:

     import Pmw
     root = Pmw.initialise(useTkOptionDb = 1)
     root.option_add('*entryfield24*Label.text', 'German')
     e = Pmw.EntryField(hull_name = 'entryfield24', labelpos = 'w')
  • Also document hull_name and hull_class.

  • Finish FAQ, ReleaseProcedure and StructuredText test.

  • Put html through gifwizard and html lint.
  • Delete comments from source if they have been added to docs (should not have two copies of anything).

  • Need to document non-standard initial values for component options, such as border in ButtonBox and Dialog's childsite.

  • Docs should have DEFAULT BINDINGS section (like iwidget combobox).

  • Promote home page:, etc
  • Create man pages as well as html (modify createmanuals to produce both).

  • Maybe something with html frames like: itcl2.2/html/index.html

  • Add to starting.html a note that Pmw is a python "package" and add a pointer to python documentation on packages.

  • Document scrolled widget implementations, explaining why they are all slightly different (because the underlying widgets which are being scrolled have different behaviors).

  • Make copyright clearer. Maybe borrow python's?


  • Check for missing demos.

  • In all demos can move the three lines beginning with "Import Pmw from the sibling directory", to inside "if __name__" clause. Also, "sibling directory" is now incorrect. Also, add note that this is only necessary when running demos without installing Pmw.

  • Change demo/ so that it displays the traceback if it cannot load or run a demo (easier for users to report errors).

  • Add option to demo/ "Display demos in separate window" to allow resizing of sub-demos

  • TimeCounter and Spectrum demos beep when they come up, using:

     root.option_add('*EntryField*value', 'VALUE')
  • In demos, add title = 'blah' to top of file and replace root.title(..) with root.title(title) at bottom.

  • Add comprehensive speed test demo which creates one or more of each (common) megawidget. Remove old SpeedTest demo.

  • Check demos work when called from ptui. (Changes have to do with calling compile/exec where __name__ is not the name of the script, but is '__builtin__')

  • PromptDialog demo should not remember password.

  • Finish Counter, Radioselect demos.

  • Modify the All demo so that you can reload a demo module.

  • The syntax-coloured code viewer looks strange on Microsoft NT, because the size of the fonts differ. Check out Guido's idle-0.1 text colouring for Pmw code viewer.

  • Document restrictions on adding bindings to a megawidget: you probably need to bind to components of the megawidget and also check that you are not destroying bindings set up by the megawidget itself.

  • Add a demo that demonstrates setting the color scheme at run time.


  • Check for missing tests, such as TimeCounter, RadioSelect, SelectionDialog, MessageBar, MenuBar, ComboBoxDialog, Balloon.

  • Create test for useTkOptionDb option to Pmw.initialise().

  • Check that destroyed widgets' python classes are garbage collected (add test and/or demo).

  • Add tests for changecolor, setscheme, etc.

  • Need Resources test.

  • Create tests for deriving from Pmw classes (eg ComboBox).


  • Add more Tix ( and iwidgets widgets.

  • Look at spinner.itk for how to do vertical orientation on same side for Counter.

  • Investigate these new features in Tk8.0 and see if they could be used in Pmw:

     embedded images in text widgets
     destroy command ignores windows that don't exist

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