Common Widget Options
Geometry Management : Grid, Packgrid
The grid command is used to communicate with the grid geometry manager that arranges widgets in rows and columns inside of another window, called the geometry master (or master window). The grid command can have any of several forms, depending on the option argument.
In short, grid is the name given to the thingy that will place your widget where you want it to be placed.
|-sticky => STYLE||This option may be used to position (or stretch) the widget within its cell. STYLE is a string that contains zero or more of the characters n, s, e or w. Each letter refers to a side (north, south, east, or west) that the slave will "stick" to. If both n and s (or e and w) are specified, the slave will be stretched to fill the entire height (or width) of its cavity.|
|-ipadx => AMOUNT||The AMOUNT specifies how much horizontal internal padding to leave on each side of the slave(s). This is space is added inside the slave(s) border.|
|-ipady => AMOUNT||The AMOUNT specifies how much vertical internal padding to leave on each side of the slave(s). Options same as -ipadx|
|-padx => AMOUNT||The amount specifies how much horizontal external padding to leave on each side of the slave(s), in screen units. AMOUNT may be a list of two values to specify padding for left and right separately.|
|-pady => AMOUNT||The amount specifies how much vertical external padding to leave on the top and bottom of the slave(s), in screen units. Options same as -padx.|
|-row => N||Insert the slave so that it occupies the Nth row in the grid. Row numbers start with 0. If this option is not supplied, then the slave is arranged on the same row as the previous slave specified on this call to grid, or the first unoccupied row if this is the first slave.|
|-column => N||Insert the slave so that it occupies the N'th column in the grid. Options same as -row|
|-rowspan => N||Insert the slave so that it occupies N rows in the grid. The default is one row.|
|-columnspan => N||Insert the slave so that it occupies N columns in the grid.|
Lets take a closer look at the commands -
#!/usr/local/bin/perl use Tk; # Main Window my $mw = new MainWindow; #Text Area my $txt = $mw -> Text(-width=>40, -height=>10); my $srl_y = $mw -> Scrollbar(-orient=>'v',-command=>[yview => $txt]); my $srl_x = $mw -> Scrollbar(-orient=>'h',-command=>[xview => $txt]); $txt -> configure(-yscrollcommand=>['set', $srl_y], -xscrollcommand=>['set',$srl_x]); #Geometry Management $txt -> grid(-row=>1,-column=>1); $srl_y -> grid(-row=>1,-column=>2,-sticky=>"ns"); $srl_x -> grid(-row=>2,-column=>1,-sticky=>"ew"); MainLoop;
$txt -> grid(-row=>1,-column=>1);
This line will tell the interpreter to put the widget called '$txt' in the first row of the first column of its parent widget. The below digram will help you understand.
|Column 1||Column 2|
|Row 1||'.$xt' widget will be here||'$srl_y' widget's place|
|Row 2||'$srl_x' widget's position.|
Using grid requires a bit of experience - but if you know HTML it would help a lot. The rows and columns are just like those in HTML tables. The concept is the same but the codes are very different.
Pack is also a geometry manager like Grid - but much simpler. You don't have to specify the rows and columns as
you did for grid. This is for you lazybones out there. Just put
$widget -> pack; and the widget will be
packed. But for more complex arrangements with pack one must use frames.
|-expand=>BOOLEAN||Specifies whether the slaves should be expanded to consume extra space in their master. Sounds a lot like slaves eating up their masters, don't it? It just means that when the application is resized the widgets will automatically fill the space.|
|-fill=>STYLE||This will stretch the widget in x direction, y direction or both directions.|
|-side=>SIDE||Specifies which side of the master the slave(s) will be packed against. Must be left, right, top, or bottom. Defaults to top.|
Now for the example...
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#!/usr/local/bin/perl use Tk; # Main Window my $mw = new MainWindow; my $lab = $mw -> Label(-text=>"Do You Remember When..."); my $txt = $mw -> Text(); $txt->insert('end',"A Computer Was Something On TV From A Science Fiction Show A Window Was Something You Hated To Clean.... And Ram Was The Cousin Of A Goat..... Meg Was The Name Of My Girlfriend And Gig Was Your Thumb Upright Now They All Mean Different Things And That Mega Bytes An Application Was For Employment A Program Was A TV Show A Cursor Used Profanity A Keyboard Was A Piano Compress Was Something You Did To The Garbage Not Something You Did To A File And If You Unzipped Anything In Public You'd Be In Jail For A While Log On Was Adding Wood To The Fire Hard Drive Was A Long Trip On The Road A Mouse Pad Was Where A Mouse Lived And A Backup Happened To Your Commode Cut You Did With A Pocket Knife Paste You Did With Glue A Web Was A Spider's Home And A Virus Was The Flu I Guess I'll Stick To My Pad And Paper And The Memory In My Head I Hear Nobody's Been Killed In A Computer Crash But, When It Happens They Wish They Were Dead"); my $srl = $mw -> Scrollbar(-command=>[$txt,'yview']); $txt -> configure(-yscrollcommand=>[$srl,'set']); #The packing commands $lab -> pack; $txt -> pack(-expand => 1, -fill => "both", -side => "left"); $srl -> pack(-expand => 1, -fill => "y"); MainLoop;