[newbie] struggling wth tkinter

Jean Dubois jeandubois314 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 7 17:52:08 CET 2013

I'm trying to go through a tutorial on tkinter which has the code below as an example. The only thing I see when running it is a little popup with "Click mouse here to quit" which works as expected but always shows the following error-message.
However the "main" window which should let you enter the numbers is not shown.

This is the quit error message:
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "./feet2meters.py", line 3, in <module>
    from tkinter import ttk
ImportError: cannot import name ttk

This is the code:
#!/usr/bin/env python
from tkinter import *
from tkinter import ttk

def calculate(*args):
        value = float(feet.get())
        meters.set((0.3048 * value * 10000.0 + 0.5)/10000.0)
    except ValueError:
root = Tk()
root.title("Feet to Meters")

mainframe = ttk.Frame(root, padding="3 3 12 12")
mainframe.grid(column=0, row=0, sticky=(N, W, E, S))
mainframe.columnconfigure(0, weight=1)
mainframe.rowconfigure(0, weight=1)

feet = StringVar()
meters = StringVar()

feet_entry = ttk.Entry(mainframe, width=7, textvariable=feet)
feet_entry.grid(column=2, row=1, sticky=(W, E))

ttk.Label(mainframe, textvariable=meters).grid(column=2, row=2, sticky=(W, E))
ttk.Button(mainframe, text="Calculate", command=calculate).grid(column=3, row=3, sticky=W)

ttk.Label(mainframe, text="feet").grid(column=3, row=1, sticky=W)
ttk.Label(mainframe, text="is equivalent to").grid(column=1, row=2, sticky=E)
ttk.Label(mainframe, text="meters").grid(column=3, row=2, sticky=W)

for child in mainframe.winfo_children(): child.grid_configure(padx=5, pady=5)

root.bind('<Return>', calculate)


thanks in advance

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