[R] Dialog boxes
Morris, Jeffrey [OCDUS]
JMORRIS6 at OCDUS.JNJ.COM
Thu Mar 30 23:12:49 CEST 2000
I have been wanting to ask about a future feature but was
reluctant to start a feature request fest...but since someone
else asked...First a belated congrats to everyone on the
development team. I've been following this since the beginning
when it was suppose to fill a gap in available Mac software.
But back to features. One of the things I would really like to
see and limits my spreading R internally in my company, is
the ability to create menus and dialog boxes. It is very simple
to do this in XLisp-Stat with a few commands, and I used to create
applications all the time for people who were doing routine analyses.
I would like to know if it would be a big programming effort to have this
feature in R. If I knew anything about programming I'd offer to
help, but I don't so can only vote and hope.
jmorris at ocdus.jnj.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Prof Brian D Ripley [SMTP:ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2000 1:54 PM
> To: Jack Lewis
> Cc: r-help
> Subject: Re: [R] Dialog boxes
> 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
> Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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