[R] Dialog boxes

Prof Brian D Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Mar 29 20:53:42 CEST 2000

On Wed, 29 Mar 2000, Jack Lewis wrote:

> Hello:
> I am brand new to R, though I've used S-Plus for some time.  I've
> developed some specialized plotting functions that I want to distribute
> and would like to provide users with a dialogbox for entering input
> arguments.  

On Windows, I guess?

> Has anyone developed functions in R for displaying
> dialogboxes that could accept multiple inputs?   I found winDialog and
> winDialogString, but these only accept and return a single value.   Does
> anyone know how these might be extended for more flexibility?

Yes, but you will need to program at the C level to do so. Just copy the
way those functions are implemented in a .External call, and you can
do more or less what you like.  There is a pretty general GUI toolkit
available at the C level.

I do appreciate that is probably not what you are expecting, but S-PLUS's
GUI interface was many man-years of work, and that is what you pay for with

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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