TIX(3) Tix Built-In Commands TIX(3)
tix - Manipulate internal states of the Tix library
tix option ?arg arg ...?
This manual page descripts the tix command, which manipulates the internal states of the Tix library. If you're looking for a general
introduction to the Tix library, please refer to the TixIntro manual page.
The Tix application context supports the following configuration options. Usually, these options are set using the X resource database,
i.e., in the user's .Xdefault file. For example, to choose a different color scheme for the Tix widgets, these two lines can be added to
the user's .Xdefault file:
*TixScheme: Gray *TixFontSet: 14Point
[-binding binding] This is an obsolete option. [-debug debug] Specifies whether the Tix widgets should run in debug mode. [-fontset tix-
FontSet] Specifies the fontset to use for the Tix widgets. Valid options are WmDefault, TK, TkWin, 12Point and 14Point. TK specifies that
the standard TK fonts should be used. The default value is WmDefault. [-scheme tixScheme] Specifies the color scheme to use for the Tix
widgets. Valid options are WmDefault, TK, TkWin, Gray, Blue, Bisque, SGIGray and TixGray. If you want the standard TK color scheme, you can
use the value TK. The default value is WmDefault.
' [-schemepriority tixSchemePriority] Specifies the priority level of the TK options set by th Tix schemes. Please refer to the TK
option(n) manual page for a discussion of the priority level of Tix options. The default value is 79, which makes the Tix schemes at a
higher priority than the settings in the .Xdefaults file. If you want to allow the Tix schemes to be overridden by the settings in the
.Xdefaults file, you can set the following line in you .Xdefaults file: *TixSchemePriority: 21
The tix command provides access to miscellaneous elements of Tix's internal state and the Tix application context. Most of the information
manipulated by this command pertains to the application as a whole, or to a screen or display, rather than to a particular window. The
command can take any of a number of different forms depending on the option argument. The legal forms are:
tix addbitmapdir directory
Tix maintains a list of directory under which which the tix getimage and tix getbitmap commands will search for image files. The
standard bitmap directory is $TIX_LIBRARY/bitmaps. The addbitmapdir command adds directory into this list. By using this command,
the image files of an applications can also be located using the tix getimage ot tix getbitmap command.
tix cget option
Returns the current value of the configuration option given by option. Option may be any of the options described in the CONFIGURA-
TION OPTIONS section.
tix configure ?option? ?value option value ...?
Query or modify the configuration options of the Tix application context. If no option is specified, returns a list describing all
of the available options (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
option(s) to have the given value(s); in this case the command returns an empty string. Option may be any of the options described
in the CONFIGURATION OPTIONS section.
tix filedialog ?class?
Returns the file selection dialog that may be shared among different modules of this application. This command will create a file
selection dialog widget when it is called the first time. This dialog will be returned by all subsequent calls to tix filedialog. An
optional class parameter can be passed to specified what type of file selection dialog widget is desired. Possible options are tix-
FileSelectDialog or tixExFileSelectDialog.
tix getbitmap name
Locates a bitmap file of the name name.xpm or name in one of the bitmap directories (see the addbitmapdir command above). By using
tix getbitmap, you can advoid hard coding the pathnames of the bitmap files in your application. When successful, it returns the
complete pathname of the bitmap file, prefixed with the character @. The returned value can be used to configure the -bitmap option
of the TK and Tix widgets.
tix getimage name
Locates an image file of the name name.xpm, name.xbm or name.ppm in one of the bitmap directories (see the addbitmapdir command
above). If more than one file with the same name (but different extensions) exist, then the image type is chosen according to the
depth of the X display: xbm images are chosen on monochrome displays and color images are chosen on color displays. By using tix
getimage, you can advoid hard coding the pathnames of the image files in your application. When successful, this command returns the
name of the newly created image, which can be used to configure the -image option of the TK and Tix widgets.
Init the style defaults for Tix. Prior to Tix 8.4 this was done by simply package requiring Tix, but this call is now required to
explicitly use Tix style.
tix option ?args ...?
Manipulates the options manitained by the Tix scheme mechanism. Available options are: active_bg active_fg bg bold_font
dark1_bg dark1_fg dark2_bg dark2_fg disabled_fg fg fixed_font font inactive_bg inactive_fg input1_bg input2_bg
italic_font light1_bg light1_fg light2_bg light2_fg menu_font output1_bg output2_bg select_bg select_fg selector The
arguments to the tix option command can take the following form(s):
tix option get option
Returns the current value of option.
tix resetoptions newScheme newFontSet ?newScmPrio?
Resets the scheme and fontset of the Tix application to newScheme and newFontSet, respectively. This affects only those widgets cre-
ated after this call. Therefore, it is best to call the resetoptions command before the creation of any widgets in a Tix applica-
The optional parameter newScmPrio can be given to reset the priority level of the TK options set by the Tix schemes.
 In this release of Tix, the following configuration options have been disabled. Assigning values to them will cause no effect:
-binding -debug -fontset -scheme -schemepriority In addition, the following options to the tix command have been disabled. Invoking
the tix command with these options will cause no effect: resetoptions
 Because of the way TK handles the X option database, after tixwish has started up, it is not possible to reset the color schemes and
font sets using the tix config command. Instead, the tix resetoptions command must be used.
The tk_setPalette command does not work very well under Tix. To use it, one must follow these steps:
tix resetoptions TK TK tk_setPalette lightblue
file selection dialog
Tix 8.4 TIX(3)