ANNOUNCE: wxPython 2.8.6.0

Robin Dunn robin at alldunn.com
Fri Sep 28 07:08:27 CEST 2007


Announcing
----------

The 2.8.6.0 release of wxPython is now available for download at
http://wxpython.org/download.php.  This release is mostly about fixing
a number of bugs and inconsistencies in wxWidgets and wxPython.

Source code is available, as well as binaries for Python 2.3, 2.4 and
2.5, for Windows and Mac, as well some pacakges for various Linux
distributions.  A summary of changes is listed below and also at
http://wxpython.org/recentchanges.php.


What is wxPython?
-----------------

wxPython is a GUI toolkit for the Python programming language. It
allows Python programmers to create programs with a robust, highly
functional graphical user interface, simply and easily. It is
implemented as a Python extension module that wraps the GUI components
of the popular wxWidgets cross platform library, which is written in
C++.

wxPython is a cross-platform toolkit. This means that the same program
will usually run on multiple platforms without modifications.
Currently supported platforms are 32-bit Microsoft Windows, most Linux
or other Unix-like systems using GTK2, and Mac OS X 10.3+, in most
cases the native widgets are used on each platform to provide a 100%
native look and feel for the application.


Changes in 2.8.6.0
------------------

This release is mostly about fixing a number of bugs and
inconsistencies in wxWidgets and wxPython.  In other words, there have
been a whole lot more changes than what is listed here, but they are
not new features or API visible changes, which is what are usually
listed in this file.

Some Menu APIs added to make things more consistent.  Added
wx.MenuBar.SetMenuLabel, wx.MenuBar.GetMenuLabel,
wx.MenuBar.GetMenuLabelText, wx.Menu.GetLabelText,
wx.MenuItem.SetItemLabel, wx.MenuItem.GetItemLabel,
wx.MenuItem.GetItemLabelText, wx.MenuItem.GetLabelText.  The
Get...Label functions get the raw label with mnemonics and
accelerators, and the Get...LabelText functions get the text only,
without mnemonics/accelerators.

Added wx.BORDER_THEME style.  This style will attempt to use a theme
specific style, if the current platform and environment is themeable
and has a specific theme style.  For example, you could use this on
Windows XP on a custom control to give it a themed border style that
looks like what is used by default on the native wx.TextCtrl or
wx.ListBox.  Since there were not any more available bits for border
styles, this style replaces wx.BORDER_DOUBLE.

-- 
Robin Dunn
Software Craftsman
http://wxPython.org  Java give you jitters?  Relax with wxPython!




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