TIP 152: New -detail Option for tk_messageBox

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Author:		Mats Bengtsson <matben@privat.utfors.se>
State:		Final
Type:		Project
Tcl-Version:	8.5
Vote:		Done
Created: 	26-Aug-2003
Obsoletes:	25
Keywords:	Tk


This TIP proposes a new option for the tk_messageBox for text that is less significant than the -message text.


Several platforms have a native feature of alert dialogs that includes messages with both a bold or large font, and a text in fine print, which gives more detail to the actual message. Both Mac OS 8/9 and Mac OS X include such a feature. This TIP suggests that this should be intruduced on all platforms, with the text to be displayed in that format specified using a new option -detail. In those cases where it is not straightforward to distinguish between the -message and -detail option contents, they should be combined into a single piece of text in a way that makes sense on the platform.

Reference Implementation

The proposed change is now implemented as a loadable extension (in C) on Mac OS X http://hem.fyristorg.com/matben/download/MovableAlerts.dmg .

The following images show the present (8.4.4) message box on AquaTk, and the proposed one.

This is the present tk_messageBox.

{} This is the native tk_messageBox.


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