ANN: Urwid 0.9.7 - Console UI Library

Ian Ward ian at
Mon Oct 2 06:29:35 CEST 2006

Announcing Urwid 0.9.7

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About this release:

This release adds a new BigText widget for banners and text that needs 
to stand out on the screen.  A new example program demonstrating BigText 
usage and a number of fonts are included.  This widget is a fixed 
widget, a new alternative to flow widgets and a box widgets.  Fixed 
widgets may be displayed within Overlay or Padding widgets to handle 
changing screen sizes.

New in this release:

   - Added initial support for fixed widgets - widgets that have a
     fixed size on screen.  Fixed widgets expect a size parameter
     equal to ().  Fixed widgets must implement the pack(..)
     function to return their size.

   - New BigText class that draws text with fonts made of grids of
     character cells.  BigText is a fixed widget and doesn't do any
     alignment or wrapping.  It is intended for banners and number
     readouts that need to stand out on the screen.

     Fonts: Thin3x3Font, Thin4x3Font, Thin6x6Font (full ascii)
     UTF-8 only fonts: HalfBlock5x4Font, HalfBlock6x5Font,
     HalfBlockHeavy6x5Font, HalfBlock7x7Font (full ascii)

     New function get_all_fonts() may be used to get a list of the
     available fonts.

   - New example program demonstrates use of BigText.

   - Padding class now has a clipping mode that pads or clips fixed
     widgets to make them behave as flow widgets.

   - Overlay class can now accept a fixed widget as the widget to
     display "on top".

   - New Canvas functions: pad_trim(..) and pad_trim_left_right(..).

   - Fixed a bug in Filler.get_cursor_coords(..) that causes a
     crash if the contained widget's get_cursor_coords(..) function
     returns None.

   - Fixed a bug in Text.pack(..) that caused an infinite loop
     when the text contained a newline.  This function is not
     currently used by Urwid.

   - Edit.__init__(..) now calls set_edit_text(..) to initialize
     its text.

   - Overlay.calculate_padding_filler(..) and
     Padding.padding_values(..) now include focus parameters.

About Urwid

Urwid is a console UI library for Python. It features fluid interface
resizing, UTF-8 support, multiple text layouts, simple attribute markup,
powerful scrolling list boxes and flexible interface design.

Urwid is released under the GNU LGPL.

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