apostrophe not considered with tkinter's wordstart and wordend

Christian Gollwitzer auriocus at gmx.de
Thu Jan 22 23:26:15 CET 2015

Am 05.01.15 um 14:20 schrieb Rick Johnson:
> *GASP*! Of course all this could be avoided if those short-
> sighted TK folks would have allowed the programmer to define
> the pattern!
> ಠ_ಠ

Well, it turns out you actually can. We don't have Guido's time machine, 
but still there is a configuration option in Tk, albeit a very obscure 
one: you have to set the global Tcl variables tcl_wordchars and 
tcl_nonwordchars after loading Tk to a regexp which defines the word 


Strangely, there is a different preset for Windows and X11. The Windows 
preset - consider everything besides space as part of the word - makes 
more sense to me than the Unix default, which only counts letters, 
numbers and underscores as part of the word. To set the Windows preset, 
do this:

tk.eval('set tcl_wordchars {\S}');
tk.eval('set tcl_nonwordchars {\s}');

(untested in Python, only tested directly from a wish shell)


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