[R-SIG-Mac] creating gui

Thomas Lumley tlumley at u.washington.edu
Mon Nov 15 18:16:13 CET 2004

On Mon, 15 Nov 2004, Simon Urbanek wrote:

> AFAIK tcl/tk doesn't work natively in OS X yet (but you can use it in X11), 
> so I would not rely on it, but on the other hand, there are not really too 
> many alternatives.

I would have to disagree with Simon here.  tcltk works reliably, with 
little configuation effort, on all R platforms (? possibly except 64-bit 
linux). The x11 version on the Mac is undeniably ugly, but it does work 
and the Apple X server is not going to suddenly vanish.

It depends on how much you want to focus on OS X.  If you really want easy 
portability then I think tcltk is the way to go (and there are quite a few 
examples of its use out there). If you mostly want use on a Mac with the 
ability to port if necessary then something prettier and more flexible 
(such as iWidgets) might be appropriate.


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