tixComboBox(n) Tix Built-In Commands tixComboBox(n)
tixComboBox - Create and manipulate tixComboBox widgets
tixComboBox pathName ?options?
The TixComboBox class is derived from the TixLabelWidget class and inherits all the commands, options and subwidgets of its super-class.
TixComboBox supports all the standard options of a frame widget. See the options(n) manual entry for details on the standard options.
[-anchor anchor] Specifies how the string inside the entry subwidget should be aligned. Only the values "w" or "e" are allowed. When set
the "w", the entry is aligned to its beginning. When set to "e", it is aligned to its end. [-arrowbitmap arrowBitmap] Specifies the bitmap
to be used in the arrow button beside the entry widget. The default is an downward arrow bitmap in the file $tix_library/bitmaps/cbxarrow
[-browsecmd browseCmd] Specifies the command to be called when the user browses through the listbox. This command can be used to provide
instant feedback when the user examines items in the listbox before committing a choice. [-command command] Specifies the command to be
called when the ComboBox is invoked or when the -value of the ComboBox is changed. [-crossbitmap crossBitmap] Specifies the bitmap to be
used in the "cross" button to the left of the entry widget. The default is a bitmap in the file $tix_library/bitmaps/cross [-disablecall-
back disableCallback] A boolean value indicating whether callbacks should be disabled. When set to true, the TCL command specified by the
-command option is not executed when the -value of the ComboBox. changes. [-disabledforeground disabledforeground] Specifies the fore-
ground color to be used when the ComboBox is disabled. [-dropdown dropdown] A Boolean value specifying the style of the ComboBox. When set
to "true", the listbox is only displayed temporarily when the arrow button is pressed. When set to "false", the listbox is always dis-
played. [-editable editable] Specifies whether the user is allowed to type into the entry subwidget of the ComboBox. [-fancy fancy] A
Boolean value specifying whether the cross and tick button subwidgets should be shown. [-grab grab] Specifies the pointer grabbing policy
when the listbox is popped up. Only values "global", "local" or "none" are allowed. By default global grab is used. However, when you are
developing your application, you may want to use only local grabbing so that in the event of errors, your X display won't be locked up.
Specifies how many previous user inputs can be stored in the history list. [-history history] A Boolean value specifying whether
previous user inputs should be stored in the history list. [-label label] Specifies the string to display as the label of this Com-
boBox widget. [-labelside labelSide] Specifies where the label should be displayed relative to the entry subwidget. Valid options
are: top, left, right, bottom, none or acrosstop. [-listcmd listCmd] Specifies a TCL command to be called every time when the list-
box pops up. This option allows you to fill up the listbox on-demand. This option is ignored when the listbox is not in the dropdown
style. [-listwidth listWidth] If set, this option controls the width of the listbox subwidget when it is popped up. The option is
ignored when the listbox is not in the dropdown style. [-prunehistory prunehistory] Specifies whether duplicated previous user
inputs should be pruned from the the history list. Only Boolean values are allowed. [-selection selection] Contains the selection
in the ComboBox (the string displayed in the entry subwidget). Depending on the -selectmode, the selection of a ComboBox may be dif-
ferent than its -value. [-selection selection] This option stores the temporary selection. When the user types in a text string
inside the entry widget, that string is considered as a temporary input and is stored inside the -selection option. The -value
option is updated only when the user presses the return key. [-selectmode selectMode] Specifies the how the combobox responds to
the mouse button events in the listbox subwidget; can eithet be "browse" or "immediate". The default -selectmode is "browse". See
the BINDINGS section below. [-state state] Specifies the whether the ComboBox is normal or disabled. Only the values "normal" and
"disabled" are recognized. [-tickbitmap tickBitmap] Specifies the bitmap to be used in the "tick" button to the left of the entry
widget. The default is a bitmap in the file $tix_library/bitmaps/tick [-validatecmd validateCmd] Specifies a TCL command to be
called when the -value of the ComboBox is about to change. This command is called with one parameter -- the new -value entered by
the user. This command is to validate this new value by returning a value it deems valid. [-value value] Specifies the string to be
displayed in the entry subwidget of the ComboBox. When queried, the returned value is the last value selected by the user. When the
-value option is changed as a result of the config -value widget command, the TCL command specified by the -command option is
called. [-variable variable] Specifies the global variable in which the value of the ComboBox should be stored. The value of the
ComboBox will be automatically updated when this variable is changed.
The down arrow button.
The cross button. Available only when -fancy is set.
The entry that shows the value of this tixControl.
The label subwidget.
The listbox that holds all the list entries.
The scrolled-listbox that provides the scrollbars.
The tick button. Available only when -fancy is set.
The tixComboBox command creates a new window (given by the pathName argument) and makes it into a tixComboBox widget. Additional options,
described above, may be specified on the command line or in the option database to configure aspects of the ComboBox such as its cursor and
The Tix ComboBox widget is similar to the combo box control in MS Windows. The user can select a choice by either typing in the entry sub-
wdget or selecting from the listbox subwidget.
The tixComboBox command creates a new Tcl command whose name is the same as the path name of the ComboBox's window. This command may be
used to invoke various operations on the widget. It has the following general form:
pathName option ?arg arg ...?
PathName is the name of the command, which is the same as the ComboBox widget's path name. Option and the args determine the exact behavior
of the command. The following commands are possible for ComboBox widgets:
pathName addhistory string
Add the string to the beinning of the listbox.
pathName appendhistory string
Append the string to the end of the listbox.
pathName cget option
Returns the current value of the configuration option given by option. Option may have any of the values accepted by the tixCom-
pathName configure ?option? ?value option value ...?
Query or modify the configuration options of the widget. If no option is specified, returns a list describing all of the available
options for pathName (see Tk_ConfigureInfo for information on the format of this list). If option is specified with no value, then
the command returns a list describing the one named option (this list will be identical to the corresponding sublist of the value
returned if no option is specified). If one or more option-value pairs are specified, then the command modifies the given widget
option(s) to have the given value(s); in this case the command returns an empty string. Option may have any of the values accepted
by the tixComboBox command.
pathName flash index string
Flashes the ComboBox. flash is usually called by a -command procedure to acknowledge to the user that he has selected a value for
pathName insert index string
Insert the string into the listbox at the specified index. index must be a valid listbox index.
pathName pick index
Set the (index)th item in the listbox to be the current value of the ComboBox. As a result, the value of the ComboBox is changed and
the TCL command sepcified by the -command option will be called.
pathName subwidget name ?args?
When no options are given, returns the pathname of the subwidget of the specified name.
When options are given, the widget command of the specified subwidget will be called with these options.
 If the -selectmode is "immediate", when the user enters a keystroke, clicks on an item or drags the mouse pointer in the listbox,
the -value of the ComboBox will be immediately set to this item and the -command procedure will be called.
 If the -selectmode is "browse", when the user enters a keystroke, clicks on an item or drags the mouse pointer in the listbox, the
-selection of the ComboBox will be immediately set to the new content of the entry subwidget; also the -browsecmd procedure will be
called. The -value option will be changed only when the user invokes the ComboBox (see  below). If the user presses the <Escape>
key at any time, any new -selection will be ignored and the text inside the entry subwidget will be restored to the current -value
of the ComboBox.
 If the -dropdown option is true, the user can invoke the ComboBox by releasing the left mouse button over the desired item in the
listbox. If the -dropdown option is false, the user can invoke the ComboBox by double-clicking over the desired item in the listbox.
In both cases, the user can also invoke the listbox by pressing the <Return> or <Tab> key inside the entry subwidget, or switching
the input focus to another widget inside the same toplevel widget
Starting from Tix vetsion 4.0, the default -value of the ComboBox is the empty string. If you want the ComboBox to show a string by
default, you must configure its -value option explicitly.
Tix(n), ComboBox(n), listbox(n)
Tix 4.0 tixComboBox(n)