The [floatMenu] command
The [floatMenu] command lets you create and manipulate floating menus in Alpha. It was introduced in version 8.1 of AlphaX
It is a replacement for the old (and now deprecated) [closeFloat], [float], [floatShowHide], and [unfloat] commands.
Floating menus are like floating palettes which reproduce the contents of any menu in Alpha: for any item in the menu, there is a corresponding button in the floating palette, and clicking on the button is equivalent to selecting the item in the menu. In the rest of this page, the expressions palette or floating menu are synonymous.
The formal syntax of the [floatMenu] command is:
floatMenu subcommand ?options?
The possible subcommands are described below. Depending on the subcommand, various options can be additionnally specified.
This subcommand creates a floating menu from an existing menu. It accepts a wide variety of options. The complete syntax is:
floatMenu create -menu menuToken [(-height|-width|-left|-top|-interspace) val] \ [-name winname] [-justify (left|center|right)] [-sidebar (0|1)] \ [-dynamic (0|1)]
The [floatMenu create] command returns a token used in the other subcommands to uniquely identify the floating menu. This token must not be confused with the token of the menu with which the floating palette is associated.
The possible options are described in the Floating menu options section below. By default, a floating window is made visible when it is created unless the -visible option was specified with value 0.
This subcommand lets you delete a floating menu. This is equivalent to closing the floating window with a mouse click in the Close box. The syntax is:
floatMenu delete token
This subcommand lets you find the floating menu associated with a given menu. The syntax is:
floatMenu find menuToken
If there is a floating palette associated with the menu specified in the menuToken argument, the command returns the palette's token. Otherwise it raises an error. This command can be useful to test the existence of a floating window.
This subcommand lets you hide a floating menu. The syntax is:
floatMenu hide token
This subcommand is a convenience: it is equivalent to [menu set] invoked with -visible 0 argument.
This subcommand returns a list of the tokens corresponding to the currently existing floating menus. Each time a new floating menu is created, its token is appended at the end of the list, so this list is ordered from the oldest to the newest float. The syntax is:
This subcommand lets you reposition a floating menu on the screen. The syntax is:
floatMenu move token left top
where left and top designate the position of the upper left corner of the float in screen coordinates. This subcommand is a convenience: it is equivalent to the [menu set] command invoked with -left and -top arguments.
This subcommand lets you refresh the buttons of an already built floating menu. The syntax is:
floatMenu refresh [-remake] token
If the -remake option is specified, the floating menu buttons will be entirely rebuilt. Otherwise, only the contents of the existing buttons will be refreshed in order to reflect the current properties of the coresponding menu item (name, icon, etc.).
This subcommand lets you get or set several properties attached to a menu item. The syntax can take two forms:
floatMenu set token option floatMenu set token option value ?option value...?
In the first form the command returns the current value of the specified option. In the second form, it lets you set the value of one or several options.
The possible options are described in the Floating menu options section below.
Note that it is not possible to reset the menu attached to a floating palette, i-e the -menu option is not accepted in the second form of this subcommand.
This subcommand is the opposite of the [hide] subcommand. It lets you display an existing floating menu if it is hidden.
floatMenu show token
This subcommand is a convenience: it is equivalent to [menu set] invoked with -visible 1 argument.
This subcommand deals with the topmost floating menu. It can take two forms:
floatMenu top floatMenu top token
The [floatMenu create] and [floatMenu set] commands accept many options to set the attributes and parameters of the floating menus. All these properties are specified by an option starting with a dash.
Here is the description of the various options:
There are two hooks named floatHook and unfloatHook which are called respectively when the [floatMenu create] and [floatMenu delete] commands are invoked.
The floatHook proc is invoked when the floating window has been created in memory but before it is attributed its token: so, at this point, the new float would not be listed by the [floatMenu list] command.
The unfloatHook proc is invoked when the floating window has been disposed of. At this point, the floating menu token is not valid anymore.
Here are a few basic examples which can be executed from the Tcl shell in AlphaX:
Welcome to AlphaX's AlphaTcl shell. «» set token1 $menu::core(Compare) «» set fm1 [floatMenu create -menu $token1 -name "Compare" -left 30 -top 50] floatmenu1 «» floatMenu show $fm1 «» floatMenu hide $fm1 «» floatMenu list floatmenu1 «» set token2 $menu::core(FileUtilities) «» set fm2 [floatMenu create -menu $token2 -height 25 -width 130 -name ""] floatmenu2 «» floatMenu list floatmenu1 floatmenu2 «» floatMenu delete $fm1 «» floatMenu list floatmenu2