Interactive Tablelist Cell Editing Using the ctext Package

For Tablelist Version 5.18

by

Csaba Nemethi

csaba.nemethi@t-online.de

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Overview

George Peter Staplin's ctext package is a library extension for Tcl/Tk versions 8.0 or higher, written in pure Tcl/Tk code.  It is part of tklib, which has the address

http://core.tcl.tk/tklib

Tablelist supports interactive cell editing with the aid of the ctext widget implemented in the package mentioned above.  The steps needed for using this widget for editing the cells of a given column are as follows:

  1. Register the ctext widget for interactive cell editing by invoking the tablelist::addCtext command described below.
  2. Use the tablelist widget's columnconfigure subcommand to set the given column's -editable option to true and its -editwindow option to the value returned by the command mentioned above.  (These options are supported at cell level, too, with the aid of the cellconfigure subcommand.)

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The tablelist::addCtext Command

NAME
tablelist::addCtext – Register the ctext widget for interactive cell editing
SYNOPSIS
tablelist::addCtext ?name?
DESCRIPTION
This command registers the ctext widget for interactive cell editing in tablelist widgets.  The optional argument specifies the name to be used for the ctext widget as the value of the -editwindow column or cell configuration option.  It may be any string that is different from the Tk core and tile edit window names.  The default is ctext.  The command returns its name argument.
The temporary embedded ctext widget used for interactive cell editing will be created with its -padx and -pady options set to 2, its -wrap option set to none, and its initial height set to the number of lines contained in it.  There is, however, an exception from this rule:  If the -wrap option of the cell's column was set to true and Tk version 8.5 or higher is being used, then the ctext widget's -wrap option will be set to word and its initial height will equal the number of display lines (taking into account the line wraps) contained in it.  You can use the script corresponding to the -editstartcommand tablelist configuration option to override the initial settings according to your needs.
If the ctext widget's -wrap option was set to word or char (either by Tablelist or from within the above-mentioned script) and Tk version 8.5 or higher is being used, then, whenever its width changes (e.g., due to interactive column resizing), its height will be set automatically to the number of display lines contained in it.  (The number of display lines is retrieved with the aid of the  count -displaylines  ctext widget subcommand, introduced in Tk 8.5.)
If the widget callback package Wcb was loaded into the interpreter (via  package require Wcb  or  package require wcb)  then the ctext widget's height will be updated automatically whenever text is inserted into or deleted from it, which makes the editing much more user-friendly.  This is achieved by using an appropriately defined after-insert and after-delete callback for the edit window.  You can use the script corresponding to the -editstartcommand tablelist configuration option to define further callbacks for the ctext widget.  (The above-mentioned callback is created via wcb::cbappend, after returning from that script.)
The Tab key is reserved for navigation between the editable cells, but the user can insert a tabulator character into the ctext widget by pressing Control-i.
Unlike in the case of the other widgets used for interactive cell editing (except the Tk core text widget), the Return and KP_Enter keys insert a newline character into the ctext widget.  Control-j can also be used for inserting a newline.  Control-Return and Control-KP_Enter terminate the editing and destroy the edit window.
Control-Home and Control-End have their well-known text widget-specific bindings, just like Meta-< and Meta-> if tk_strictMotif is false.  Again, this is different from the behavior of the other widgets used for interactive cell editing (except the Tk core text widget).  For jumping into the first/last editable cell, the user can press Alt-Home/Alt-End or Meta-Home/Meta-End (Command-Home/Command-End on Mac OS Classic and Mac OS X Aqua).
KEYWORDS
tablelist, editing, ctext

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