Table Driven GUI Definition?

Philip Semanchuk philip at
Fri Aug 5 22:42:30 CEST 2011

On Aug 5, 2011, at 4:10 PM, Tim Daneliuk wrote:

> 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?

Hi Tim
This looks pretty straightforward to me; maybe I'm missing something. It doesn't look trivial, but the steps seem pretty clear. Is there some part in particular that's giving you trouble?


>> 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?
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