[New-bugs-announce] [issue8971] Tkinter Litmus Test

Rick Johnson report at bugs.python.org
Fri Jun 11 09:27:42 CEST 2010

New submission from Rick Johnson <rantingrick at gmail.com>:

There has been much discussion in the past and recently on c.l.p about how many python programmers *actually* use Tkinter. Recently i have been involved in a lengthy discussion on c.l.p about whether or not we should remove Tkinter, replace Tkinter, or fix Tkinter. 

However i feel a decision this important cannot be made from pydev, c.l.p, or anywhere. I believe the only proper way to proceed is to get a *real* vote from *real* python programmers out in the trenches. 

But how do we do that you may ask? Well thats a good question. Not every Python programmer lives on c.l.p, or any *one* place. The only way to truly reach everyone is through Python itself in form of a Warning message. 

So i propose that an import warning be added to the next possible releases of Python 2.x and Python 3.x. This warning will be triggered upon importing Tkinter and should also be shown when starting IDLE. The message should read loosely as follows...

 ModuleRemovalWarning: Tkinter (and dependencies)
The Tkinter module (Python's GUI module) is currently being considered for removal from the python stdlib FOREVER. We are providing this warning so that you can give the python development team (and the wider community) your feedback on the subject. If you feel that Tkinter should or should not be removed we strongly encourage you to voice your opinion. You can do by casting your vote at "www.savetkinter.com". We need to hear everyone whether your a complete newbie or a seasoned Pythonista.  Voting will end on MM-DD-YYYY  so make sure your vote is counted!

components: IDLE, Tkinter
messages: 107532
nosy: rantingrick
priority: normal
severity: normal
status: open
title: Tkinter Litmus Test
type: feature request
versions: Python 2.7, Python 3.3

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