[Python-Dev] Upgrading tcl/tk deps

Terry Reedy tjreedy at udel.edu
Tue Apr 10 03:53:26 CEST 2012

On 4/9/2012 7:53 PM, Brian Curtin wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 9, 2012 at 18:41, Terry Reedy<tjreedy at udel.edu>  wrote:
>> In particular, it should include a recent fix so that French keyboards work
>> with tk/tkinter and hence Idle better than now. There has been more than one
>> complaint about this.
> Do you know when this was fixed or have any information about it? Tcl
> and Tk 8.5.11 were released Nov 4, 2011. If it was fixed after that I
> can look into patching our copy of whatever projects are affected.

The patch is specifically for tkMacOS, 29/1/12

so it apparently does not affect Windows or what we include with Windows 
build. But it was a show stopper for some French Mac users, including 
one professor who wanted to use Python for an undergraduate course.

On Mar 4, Ned Daily wrote on idle-sig list:

Update: The fix has now been released in the latest ActiveState Tcl 8.5
for Mac OS X release ( available here:


It appears to fix the French keyboard tilde problem and other similar
problems with composite characters, like Option-U + vowel to form
"umlauted" vowels in the U.S. input method.  Many thanks to Adrian
Robert, Kevin Walzer, and the ActiveState team for addressing this nasty 

If you install ActiveState Tcl 8.5.x, it will automatically be used by
the python.org 2.7.x, 3.2.x, and 3.3.x 64-bit/32-bit Pythons for OS X
10.6 and 10.7.  It will *not* be used by the Apple-supplied system
Pythons or by 32-bit-only python.org Pythons.   More details here:


So the latest A.S. Windows release should be fine as the base for our 
Windows release.


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