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|Title:||Add Peer Text Widgets|
|Version:||$Revision: 1.6 $|
Brian Griffin <bgriffin at model dot com>|
Vince Darley <vincentdarley at users dot sourceforge dot net>
|Created:||Wednesday, 28 January 2004|
This TIP proposes adding a method to the text widget that will create peer text widgets, allowing two or more text widgets to share the same text, tags, and marks.
One of the features offered by many text editors is the ability to split the view of text being edited. Currently editors based on the Tk text widget are required to create multiple widgets, duplicating all insert, delete, etc., operations on both widgets. The current text widget already separates the data from the widget rendering and it would be a simple task to allow two (or more) widgets to share this data.
The proposed implementation splits the widget structure into two pieces, sharable data and widget specific rendering parts. The text tree, tags, marks, images, and undo stack would be placed in a reference counted, shared section, while the tkwin, fonts, colors, bindings, etc., would remain with the widget. A method (peer create) is added that will create a new widget that will share the data with it's "parent." The shared data also contains a list of peers which is used to propagate widget updates when the data changes.
set widget [text .text] set peer [$widget peer create .peer]
Once a peer is created it has all the rights and privileges of the creating parent. There is no restriction on the peer's window pathname. The creating parent may also be destroyed without affecting the peer; only when the last window (peer or parent) is destroyed will the data be deleted.
In keeping with Tcl's introspection nature, a "peer names" method is added that will return a list of peer widgets. This list does not include itself.
Lastly, 'peer create' takes optional arguments to specify that the peer only shows a subset of the lines f