Jim Turner


Tk::JDialog - a translation of `tk_dialog' from Tcl/Tk to TkPerl (based on John Stoffel's idea).


Version 1.01


 use Tk::JDialog;

 my $Dialog = $mw->JDialog( -option => value, ...  );
 my $button_label = $Dialog->Show;


 This is an OO implementation of `tk_dialog'.  First, create all your Dialog
 objects during program initialization.  When it's time to use a dialog, 
 invoke the `show' method on a dialog object; the method then displays 
 the dialog, waits for a button to be invoked, and returns the text 
 label of the selected button.

 A Dialog object essentially consists of two subwidgets: a Label widget for
 the bitmap and a Label wigdet for the text of the dialog.  If required, you 
 can invoke the `configure' method to change any characteristic of these 

 Because a Dialog object is a Toplevel widget all the 'composite' base class
 methods are available to you.



 use Tk::JDialog;

 my $mw = MainWindow->new;
 my $Dialog = $mw->JDialog(
     -title          => 'Choose!',   #DISPLAY A WINDOW TITLE
     -text           => 'Press Ok to Continue',  #DISPLAY A CAPTION
     -bitmap         => 'info',      #DISPLAY BUILT-IN info BITMAP.
     -default_button => '~Ok',
     -escape_button  => '~Cancel',
     -buttons        => ['~Ok', '~Cancel', '~Quit'], #DISPLAY 3 BUTTONS
     -images         => ['/tmp/ok.xpm', '', ''],     #EXAMPLE WITH IMAGE FILE
 my $button_label = $Dialog->Show( );
 print "..You pressed [$button_label]!\n";


     (string) - Title to display in the dialog's decorative window frame.
     Default:  ''.
     (string) - Message to display in the dialog widget.  Default:  ''.
     (string) - Bitmap to display in the dialog.
     If non-empty, specifies a bitmap to display in the top portion of
     the Dialog, to the left of the text.  If this is an empty string
     then no bitmap is displayed in the Dialog.
     There are several built-in Tk bitmaps: 'error', 'hourglass', 'info', 
     'questhead', 'question', 'warning', 'Tk', and 'transparent'.
     You can also use a bitmap file name, ie. '@/path/to/my/bitmap'
     Default:  ''.
     (string) - Text label of the button that is to display the
     default border and is to be selected if the user presses [Enter].  
     (''signifies no default button).  Default:  ''.
     (string) - Text label of the button that is to be invoked when the 
     user presses the <Esc> key.  Default:  ''.
     (Reference) - A reference to a list of one or more strings to
     display in buttons across the bottom of the dialog.  These strings 
     (labels) are also returned by the Show() method corresponding to 
     the button selected.  NOTE:  A tilde ("~") can be placed before a 
     letter in a label string to indicate the <Alt-<letterkey>> that 
     the user can also press to select the button, for example:
     "~Ok" means select this button if the user presses <Alt-<O>>.  
     The tilde is not displayed for the button text.  The text is also 
     not displayed if an image file is specified in the corresponding 
     optional -images array, but is returned if the button is pressed.
     If this option is not given, a single button labeled "OK" is created.
     (Reference) - Specify the optional path and file id for an image 
     for each button to display an image in lieu of the label text 
     ('' if a corresponding button is to use text).  NOTE: button
     will use text if the image file is not found.  Also the 
     "-button_labels" option MUST ALWAYS be specified anyway to provide 
     the required return string.
     (boolean) - if true (1) then no balloon displaying the "button_labels" 
     label text value will be displayed when the mouse hovers over the 
     corresponding buttons which display imiages.  If false (0), then 
     text balloons will be displayed when hovering.  Default: 0.


Show ( [ -global | -nograb ] )
 $answer = $dialog->B<Show>( [ -global | -nograb ] );

 This method displays the Dialog box, waits for the user's response, and
 stores the text string of the selected Button in $answer.  This allows 
 the programmer to determine which button the user selected.
 NOTE:  Execution goes into a wait-loop here until the the user makes a 
 If -global is specified a global (rather than local) grab is
 performed (No other window or widget can be minipulated via the keyboard 
 or mouse until a button is selected) making the dialog "modal".  
 Default: "-nograb" (the dialog is "non-modal" while awaiting input).

 The actual Dialog is shown using the Popup method. Any other
 options supplied to Show are passed to Popup, and can be used to
 position the Dialog on the screen. Please read L<Tk::Popup> for
Populate ( -option => value, ... )
 (Constructor) - my $Dialog = $mw->JDialog( -option => value, ... );


 Tk::JDialog inherits all the Tk::Dialog exposed widgets and methods plus 
 the following two subwidgets:
     The dialog's Label widget containing the message text.
     The dialog's Label widget containing the bitmap image.


Jim Turner, <turnerjw784 at yahoo.com>


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-tk-jdialog at rt.cpan.org, or through the web interface at http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/ReportBug.html?Queue=Tk-JDialog. I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

    perldoc Tk::JDialog

You can also look for information at:


 Tk::JDialog derived from the L<Tk::Dialog> wiget from Tcl/Tk to TkPerl (based on
 John Stoffel's idea).  It addes the options:  -escape_button, images, 


Copyright 2015 Jim Turner.

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2.1 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Lesser General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51 Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA


 L<Tk::Dialog>, L<Tk::Label>, L<Tk::Widget>, L<Tk>