[Bioc-devel] New package: widgetInvoke

Jeff Gentry jgentry at jimmy.harvard.edu
Wed Jun 9 22:11:41 CEST 2004

Hello ...

I just added a new package, 'widgetInvoke' to the devel distribution - it
should start appearing tommorow morning on the website.  It's still rough
around the edges and not ready for prime time, but that's why it is in
devel and not release 1.4 :)

It relies heavily on RGtk, and to a lesser extent RGtkHTML/RGtkViewers, so
is not available for Win32 platforms currently.

The idea of the package is to provide a mechanism that allows
semi-arbitrary functions to be handled via a GUI by the end user.  The two
main parts of the package are the functions 'createWF()' and
'widgetInvoke()' (both of which currently have man pages, and working on a
vignette).  The former is used to create the meta-information necessary
for a particular function, the idea being that this will be handled by
package authors/maintainers and other contributors, and part of the
distributed package.  The 'widgetInvoke()' function is then called by the
end user, using the meta-information created by createWF().  This provides
a GUI interface to the specified function.

As I said, it is still very much a work in progress, although it is
quickly starting to become usable - so if people are interested in playing
around with it, feedback would be appreciated.


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