tix(n) Tix Built-In Commands tix(n)
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:
[-binding binding] This is an obsolete option. [-debug debug] Specifies whether the Tix
widgets should run in debug mode. [-fontset tixFontSet] 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 stan-
dard 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:
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 get-
bitmap 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 CONFIGURATION 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 speci-
fied 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 tixFileSelectDialog
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
tix getimage name
Locates an image file of the name name.xpm, name.xbm or name.ppm in one of the bit-
map 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 dis-
plays 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 suc-
cessful, 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.
tix option ?args ...?
Manipulates the options manitained by the Tix scheme mechanism. Available options
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 created after this call. Therefore,
it is best to call the resetoptions command before the creation of any widgets in a
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:
In addition, the following options to the tix command have been disabled. Invoking the tix
command with these options will cause no effect:
 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
tix resetoptions TK TK
file selection dialog
Tix 8.0 tix(n)