Table Driven GUI Definition?

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Fri Aug 5 16:10:06 EDT 2011

On 8/5/2011 2:05 PM, Irmen de Jong said this:
> On 05-08-11 19:53, Tim Daneliuk wrote:
>> I have a task where I want to create pretty simple one page visual
>> interfaces (Graphical or Text, but it needs to run across Windows,
>> Cygwin, Linux,*BSD, OSX ...).  These interfaces are nothing more
>> than option checklists and text fields.  Conceptually something like:
>>                  Please Select Your Installation Options:
>>             Windows Compatibility Services  _
>>             Linux Compatibility Services    _
>>             TRS-DOS Compatibility Services  _
>>             What Is Your email Address:     _______________________
>> What I'm looking for is a way to describe such forms in a text
>> file that can then be fed into a tool to generate the necessary
>> pyGUI, Tkinter, (or whatever) code.   The idea is that it should
>> be simple to generate a basic interface like this and have it
>> only record the user's input.  Thereafter, the python code
>> would act on the basis of those selection without any further
>> connection to the GUI.
>> An added bonus would be a similar kind of thing for generating
>> web interfaces to do this.  This might actually be a better model
>> because then I only have to worry about a single presentation
>> environment.
>> Ideas anyone?
> Yeah, HTML being the text file and a web browser being the tool to transform it into a GUI...
> You can hook this up with a simple web server or web framework running locally to grab the submitted form results when the form is complete and process them in a piece of python code.
> Wouldn't that work?
> Irmen

Yup, although I'd probably use a central apache instance.  But
I'm still curious ... is there a way to do this with a full
GUI tool on a thick client?

Tim Daneliuk
tundra at

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