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PS/Tk provides an interface to the Tk toolkit, and is an effective tool for creating graphical interfaces.


Several examples can be found in the svn repository for this egg.

Simple Dialog

(require-extension pstk)

(define (celsius->fahrenheit item)
  (let ((number (string->number item)))
    (if (number? number)
      (+ (* number 9/5) 32)

(tk/wm 'title tk "Celsius to Fahrenheit")

(let* ((celsius (tk 'create-widget 'entry))
       (label (tk 'create-widget 'label))
       (button (tk 'create-widget 'button
		   'text: 'Calculate
		   'command: (lambda () 
			       (label 'configure 
				      'text: (number->string (celsius->fahrenheit (celsius 'get))))))))
  ; layout widgets in a grid
  (tk/grid celsius 'column: 2 'row: 1 'sticky: 'we 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)
  (tk/grid label 'column: 2 'row: 2 'sticky: 'we 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)
  (tk/grid button 'column: 2 'row: 3 'sticky: 'we 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)
  (tk/grid (tk 'create-widget 'label 'text: "celsius") 
	   'column: 3 'row: 1 'sticky: 'w 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)
  (tk/grid (tk 'create-widget 'label 'text: "is") 
	   'column: 1 'row: 2 'sticky: 'e 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)
  (tk/grid (tk 'create-widget 'label 'text: "fahrenheit") 
	   'column: 3 'row: 2 'sticky: 'w 'padx: 5 'pady: 5)


Tips on Using PS/Tk

By default, the program tclsh8.5 is called, but an alternative program may be provided as an optional argument to (tk-start). This feature is useful if you want to include tclkit in your application, so users don't need to install tcl/tk separately. For example, to instead use tclkit-linux-x86 begin the program with (tk-start "tclkit-linux-x86").

Under windows, there is a problem with keyboard input. Currently, the fix is to show a dialog box which is dismissed by pressing 'Enter' (not clicking!) directly after starting tk.

(tk-start "wish85")
(tk/message-box 'title: "starting program" 'message: "Press ENTER" 'type: 'ok)
(tk-wm title tk "PROGRAM") 

It is helpful to put an exception handler around your tk code to prevent orphaned shells, especially when developing your program. e.g.

  (tk-end)  ; make sure tk is closed in event of any error
  ; begin program
 ; rest of  gui setup


Kenneth A Dickey, Nils M Holm and Wolf-Dieter Busch created the initial versions of pstk. This port to Chicken, plus some additions, is by Peter Lane.


Public Domain.


Requires an installation of tcltk.

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