[Rd] Request for new Windoze GUI Widget

Berton Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Thu Aug 5 23:17:11 CEST 2004


I have found R's fewWindoze GUI Widgets (like winDialog,
choose.files,winMenuAdd etc.) to be quite useful in building simple but
functional interfaces (I hesitate to call them GUI's) for one-off
applications for non-R users. It's quite easy for me to write
statistical "solutions" in R, slap on a little GUI that allows users
access to the functionality, and then install the whole thing on their

For my very simple efforts, the only thing that I have found missing in
these Windows widgets is the equivalent of the Bioconductor argsWidget()
( in the tkWidgets package) for interactively entering arguments. This
CAN be done one at time with winDialogString(), but doing it as
argsWidget() does is much nicer. Of course, that's what I currently use
for this purpose, but it would be better to have the native Windows
equivalent in utils along with the others.

Obviously, not a big deal, but it would be a nice little addition if
someone wanted to bother. However, kudos to those responsible for what's
already there. It's a nice and useful little widget set as is. Lean and



Bert Gunter

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