Please, I Have A Question before I get started

Yu-Xi Lim yuxi at
Mon Mar 13 04:41:14 CET 2006

Skipper wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am going to try and learn Python because I want to write at least
> one program to help my disabled son with communitation.
> Can python do this?  I realize I am responsible for the menu sets,
> pictures .... attaching sounds etc .... 

An interesting project.

As Steven mentioned, the GUI toolkits for python (and several other 
major programming languages such as Java and C) are challenging. I 
recommend you start with something that is already GUI-oriented that 
would eliminate a lot of the difficulty of display images, detecting 
mouse clicks, etc.

The first thing that comes to mind would be Powerpoint with some short 
custom Visual Basic code. Another very easy alternative may be HTML with 
some basic Javascript. It won't take 10 lines of code if you make some 
compromises on the presentation but you can't include sound. More 
complex would be stuff like Flash. All would probably take you less time 
to learn than Python and a GUI toolkit.

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