[Tkinter-discuss] How to bind to a drawn object?

btkuhn at email.unc.edu btkuhn at email.unc.edu
Sun Nov 16 18:47:16 CET 2008

Hello everyone,

I am trying to create bindable shapes with Tkinter that are dragged 
when the user drags with the mouse. Here is an example (some code 
edited out for simplicity). This is all within an "App" class:

self.canvas=Canvas(self.display, bg='blue')
self.canvas.bind('<B1-Motion>', self.onDrag)
#Draw ball, set up screen layout
           def drawBox(self,master):
        newbox=master.create_rectangle(self.x, self.y, self.x+70, 
self.y+70, width=5, fill='red')
               return newbox
       def onDrag(self,event):


This works as written, but it is not good form because it can only be 
used with box1. <B1-Motion> is bound to the canvas rather that the box, 
and "self.box1" is explicitly stated in the onDrag method. Therefore, 
if I wanted to create 10 boxes (or even 2) I would have to write a new 
onDrag method for each one. Also, if I want the box to only drag when 
the user clicks INSIDE the box, I would have to create a new 
"dimensions" list for each new box, and then use an if statement to see 
if the mouse is inside the box, etc. I actually tried doing this and it 
makes the program run extremely slow with only one box, so I don't 
think this is a good solution. It seems logical to bind <B1-Motion> to 
box1 rather than the canvas, and that way the box will react only if 
the mouse is inside the box, and I could create multiple boxes, each 
with its own binding to <B1-Motion>. When I try to do this, though, 
using something like this:

newbox=master.create_rectangle(self.x, self.y, self.x+70, self.y+70, 
width=5, fill='red')
newbox.bind('<B1-Motion>', self.onDrag)

it gives me an error saying that I can't bind this method to this 
instance. How can I make this work?


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