[Idle-dev] Dealing with a few feature requests

Tal Einat taleinat at gmail.com
Thu May 24 21:34:07 CEST 2007

A few requests that have come up, and I want to hear some comments on them:

* Ctrl+Right behavior: It as been suggested that pressing Ctrl+Right should
jump to the next word ending, instead of the next word beginning like it
currently does. There is currently no way to get to the end of a word with
the keyboard except to use the arrow keys repeatedly. It is also
non-intuitive to some users.

* Cursor color change: For changes to the cursor's color to take effect,
IDLE must be restarted. This is a known issue with Tk's Text widget, so I
don't see how we could work around this... Still, we could have a popup
message appear after a change to the cursor color in the config dialog,
informing the user of this. I've seen several bug reports on this already,
and have heard by word of mouth that this has frustrated several more

* Tabbed pages - This is the #1 feature request right now. I know several
people who don't use IDLE just because of the lack of tabbed pages. Is
anyone willing to help me work on this? I have done initial work (creating a
solid TabbedPages widget), what's left is mostly hacking IDLE's internals to
use the TabbedPages widget instead of opening new windows.

- Tal
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