R-tk mailing list

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard@biostat.ku.dk
01 Apr 1998 17:23:21 +0200

This is to announce that Martin Maechler has set up a new mailing list
with the purpose of investigating the possibility to use Tcl/Tk with

As you may know, Tcl is a scripting language and Tk is its GUI
toolkit. In the context of R, the main attractions are
	- portability X/Win3.1/Win32/Mac
	- ease of implementation (people say...)
	- nice GUI model of Tk
	- possibility of making language bindings, i.e. extending R
	  itself into a GUI programming language

The potential detractions are (we hope that these will be less
important or at least diminish with time, of course)
	- inefficiency?
	- the Tcl language, which many aren't too happy with

I guess that a sensible prioritization/sequencing of the work could be
(not that I'm trying to take control or anything...)

1) Getting a simple Tk Console running with R
2) Device driver for a TkCanvas graphics widget 
3) Looking at the glue mechanisms used in e.g. STk (Scheme/Tk)
4) Designing R/Tk interface functions

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