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history(n) 0.1 tklib "Provides a history for Entry widgets"


history - Provides a history for Entry widgets

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This package provides a convenient history mechanism for Entry widgets. The history may be accessed with the up and down arrow keys.

::history::init pathName ?length?

Arranges to remember the history of the named Entry widget. An optional length determines the number of history entries to keep. This may be changed later with ::history::configure. History entries must be added with the ::history::add command before they can be seen.

::history::remove pathName

Forgets all history entries for the Entry pathName and removes the history bindings.

::history::add pathName text

This command is used to add history entries to an Entry that has previously had ::history::init called on it. This command should be called from your Entry handler with the contents of the entry (or whatever you wish to add to the history).

::history::get pathName

This command returns a list containing the history entries for the Entry pathName

::history::clear pathName

This command clears the history list for the named Entry.

::history::configure pathName option ?value?

This command queries or sets configuration options. Currently the options recognized are length and alert. Setting the length determines the number of history entries to keep for the named Entry. Alert specifies the command to run when the user reaches the end of the history, it defaults to


. Although configure requires a pathName argument, the setting for alert is global and the path is ignored.

entry .e
bind .e <Return> [list ProcessEntry %W]
::history::init .e
pack .e
proc ProcessEntry {w} {
    set text [$w get]
    if {$text == ""} { return }
    ::history::add $w $text
    puts $text
    $w delete 0 end

Bugs, Ideas, Feedback

This document, and the package it describes, will undoubtedly contain bugs and other problems. Please report such in the category entry::history of the Tklib Trackers. Please also report any ideas for enhancements you may have for either package and/or documentation.


entry, history