Updates about Tk
kw at codebykevin.com
Sat Feb 27 18:11:14 CET 2010
On 2/27/10 3:05 AM, Fabiano wrote:
> I'm going to start my little journey into the Python's lands.
> I have already red the old posts about but I suppose this is an evolving
> I have understood Tk is the default Python's GUI toolkit, I have also
> read that version 8.5 has native widgets and visual improvements.
> My question is:
> Are the new Tk comaprable with other toolkits(Qt, GTK,Wx?)?
> Does Tk lack other features compared to the Qt,GTK,Wx...?
> (Or: is there things you can't simply do with Tk?)
> Thanks in advance for replying
In terms of UI, Tkinter as of 8.5 is pretty comparable to the other
toolkits. The themed ttk widgets use native widgets for things like
tree/tableviews, buttons, scrollbars, entry fields, labels, etc. If
there's something that the core widgets don't support, there are both
higher-level Python widget packages based on Tkinter (PMW, for instance)
and Tkinter wrappers for Tk widget packages such as tablelist, Bwidgets,
More information is here: http://tkinter.unpythonic.net/wiki/
Tk still lacks in a few areas:
1. Native drag-and-drop--you have to install an extension package,
TkDND, which also has a Python wrapper here:
2. Printing. The other toolkits support this out of the box. With Tk,
you're pretty limited to lpr and/or generating postscript (on *Nix and
Mac) and whatever native printing functionality is supported on Windows.
3. HTML rendering. The other toolkits support this natively. There are
several alternatives on Tk, but none are ideal: see
I find that Tk is so simple and powerful for most things that its
limitations are acceptable, or can be worked around. Also, licensing can
be problematic in some cases. But, as others have discussed, give the
different toolkits a try and make your own choice.
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