[Python-checkins] bpo-42560: reorganize Tkinter docs modules section for clarity (GH-27840)
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bpo-42560: reorganize Tkinter docs modules section for clarity (GH-27840)
- move description of internal modules (_tkinter and tkinter.constants) from section intro to list of additional modules at end of section, as not most important info
- added missing ttk and tix here
- emphasized up front that most apps will need tkinter and ttk
(cherry picked from commit d5dbe8bca792350f4997c027535e0ca498abd1bb)
Co-authored-by: Mark Roseman <mark at markroseman.com>
diff --git a/Doc/library/tkinter.rst b/Doc/library/tkinter.rst
index 5d0bf79706411..2d7c02ff49f2e 100644
@@ -118,23 +118,13 @@ Tix
-Most of the time, :mod:`tkinter` is all you really need, but a number of
-additional modules are available as well. The Tk interface is located in a
-binary module named :mod:`_tkinter`. This module contains the low-level
-interface to Tk, and should never be used directly by application programmers.
-It is usually a shared library (or DLL), but might in some cases be statically
-linked with the Python interpreter.
-In addition to the Tk interface module, :mod:`tkinter` includes a number of
-Python modules, :mod:`tkinter.constants` being one of the most important.
-Importing :mod:`tkinter` will automatically import :mod:`tkinter.constants`,
-so, usually, to use Tkinter all you need is a simple import statement::
+Support for Tkinter is spread across several modules. Most applications will need the
+main :mod:`tkinter` module, as well as the :mod:`tkinter.ttk` module, which provides
+the modern themed widget set and API::
- import tkinter
-Or, more often::
from tkinter import *
+ from tkinter import ttk
.. class:: Tk(screenName=None, baseName=None, className='Tk', useTk=1)
@@ -157,7 +147,10 @@ Or, more often::
subsystem initialized) by calling its :meth:`loadtk` method.
-Other modules that provide Tk support include:
+The modules that provide Tk support include:
+ Main Tkinter module.
Dialog to let the user choose a color.
@@ -180,9 +173,35 @@ Other modules that provide Tk support include:
Basic dialogs and convenience functions.
+ Themed widget set introduced in Tk 8.5, providing modern alternatives
+ for many of the classic widgets in the main :mod:`tkinter` module.
+ A binary module that contains the low-level interface to Tcl/Tk.
+ It is automatically imported by the main :mod:`tkinter` module,
+ and should never be used directly by application programmers.
+ It is usually a shared library (or DLL), but might in some cases be
+ statically linked with the Python interpreter.
+ Python's Integrated Development and Learning Environment (IDLE). Based
+ on :mod:`tkinter`.
+ Symbolic constants that can be used in place of strings when passing
+ various parameters to Tkinter calls. Automatically imported by the
+ main :mod:`tkinter` module.
- Drag-and-drop support for :mod:`tkinter`. This is experimental and should
- become deprecated when it is replaced with the Tk DND.
+ (experimental) Drag-and-drop support for :mod:`tkinter`. This will
+ become deprecated when it is replaced with the Tk DND.
+ (deprecated) An older third-party Tcl/Tk package that adds several new
+ widgets. Better alternatives for most can be found in :mod:`tkinter.ttk`.
Turtle graphics in a Tk window.
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