[GRASS-dev] command dialog notebook styles

Anna Kratochvílová kratochanna at gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 10:02:04 PDT 2012

Hi all,

I would like to inform you that you can now switch between different
command dialog styles in GRASS 7 (r52927). There are 4 styles, 3 of
them are new and they are providing platform native look. It should
solve the problem described in ticket #306 [1] (hidden tabs). Styles
can be changed in settings dialog - Appearance tab.

Two styles use wx.Notebook with top or left tabs. The third one which
uses wx.ListBook is not yet finished. The default style is the current
fancy green FlatNotebook.

It would be nice to add some icons to the tabs. So far I added only
icons to manual and options page to get idea how it could look like.
Unfortunately it is quite difficult to create icons which would
describe the tabs (required, optional, selection, ...). But except for
ListBook icons are not necessary. (Now icons are not used in fancy
green notebook because used style is not ready for icons.)

The advantage of the two basic styles is that they inherit system
colors (since they are native). So it is better for users with unusual
themes which are not much supported by wxPython.

Styles were tested on Ubuntu 10.04 (Gnome), information how styles
look like on Windows and Mac (including comparison to other
applications) is appreciated.

Please, share your ideas about style names, icons and styles itself.
If you know how, you can also try wxPython demo and do your own
experiments with various notebooks.

Note that this feature is experimental and even though it is change of
style some bugs which seem to be unrelated can appear.

Anna and Vaclav
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