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Tickit::Widget::Frame - draw a frame around another widget


   use Tickit;
   use Tickit::Widget::Frame;
   use Tickit::Widget::Static;

   my $frame = Tickit::Widget::Frame->new(
      style => { linetype => "single" },
            text   => "Hello, world",
            align  => "centre",
            valign => "middle",

   Tickit->new( root => $frame )->run;


This container widget draws a frame around a single child widget.


The default style pen is used as the widget pen. The following style pen prefixes are also used:

frame => PEN

The pen used to render the frame lines

The following style keys are used:

linetype => STRING

Controls the type of line characters used to draw the frame. Must be one of the following names:

   ascii single double thick solid_inside solid_outside

The ascii linetype is default, and uses only the -|+ ASCII characters. Other linetypes use Unicode box-drawing characters. These may not be supported by all terminals or fonts.

linetype_top => STRING
linetype_bottom => STRING
linetype_left => STRING
linetype_right => STRING

Overrides the linetype attribute for each side of the frame specifically. If two line-drawing styles meet at corners they should be drawn correctly if Tickit::RenderBuffer can combine the line segments, but in other circumstances the corners are drawn as extensions of the top or bottom line, and the left and right lines do not meet it.

Any edge's linetype may be set to none to cause that edge not to have a line at all; no extra space will be consumed on that side.



   $frame = Tickit::Widget::Frame->new( %args );

Constructs a new Tickit::Widget::Static object.

Takes the following named arguments in addition to those taken by the base Tickit::SingleChildWidget constructor:

title => STRING


title_align => FLOAT|STRING

Optional. Defaults to 0.0 if unspecified.

For more details see the accessors below.



   $title = $frame->title;


   $frame->set_title( $title );

Accessor for the title property, a string written in the top of the frame.



   $title_align = $frame->title_align;

   $frame->set_title_align( $title_align );

Accessor for the title_align property. Gives a vlaue in the range 0.0 to 1.0 to align the title in the top of the frame.

See also Tickit::WidgetRole::Alignable.


  • Specific pen for title. Layered on top of frame pen.

  • Caption at the bottom of the frame as well. Identical to title.

  • Consider if it's useful to provide accessors to apply extra padding inside the frame, surrounding the child window.


Paul Evans <>