newbie tkinter -- radio buttons

Cynthia Pettit kiki at
Sun Jun 20 05:59:40 CEST 1999

Okay, you get your choice of answering any single one of these questions
to solve my woes! :)

I'm making a color menu in a drawing program.  It allows you to add
named colors as you go.

At first, I was adding colors this way:

   value = color_name,
   variable = self.current_color)

[Note: a couple other issues: value and variable don't seem to work.
When I choose the button, it does not change the value of

This works, but the problem is I can't set the first one to being
"selected", nor can I change the new color to be "selected"...  it looks
really dorky to have no colors selected when you start and when you add
new colors.  You have to *select* a color to start the radio buttons
working [after that, they're fine and switch properly among them.]

So I changed to this, so I could call the select() method:

  temp = Radiobutton(self.color_menu, text=color_name,
   value = color_name,
   variable = self.current_color)

But now, of course, this conflicts with other calls, like add_command
and add_separator.  [eg "Add Color"]  The buttons look to be on top of
eachother.  I think this is due to the .pack() calls not working with
the add_radiobutton calls.

Here's a choice of things that if solved would save me [in order of

Call .select() on an add_radiobutton [and just how *does* one ever
access these buttons ever again?!?!]
Integrate add_command and .pack() so they don't stomp on eachother
Be able to temp = Separator(self.color_menu)

I'm sure each of these have very simple answers...



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