TIP #152: New -detail Option for tk_messageBox

Title:New -detail Option for tk_messageBox
Version:$Revision: 1.7 $
Author:Mats Bengtsson <matben at privat dot utfors dot se>
Created:Tuesday, 26 August 2003
Obsoletes:TIP #25


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 [1].

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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