[Urwid] Resizing windows in urwid: how small is too small?

Ian Ward ian at excess.org
Thu May 10 07:48:03 EDT 2007

James Reeves wrote:
> But might I suggest that it would be better to create some "fixed" and 
> "weighted" wrapper classes, instead?
>     Columns( [fixed(widget1, size = 10), widget2, weighted(widget3, 
> weight = 0.5)] )
> This has the advantage of keeping the layout data and the widgets in one 
> list, making it easier and safer to update. For instance, instead of 
> having to do:
>     columns.widget_list.append(widget4)
>     columns.column_types.append(('weight', 0.6))
> You could instead:
>     columns.widget_list.append( weighted(widget4, 0.6) )
> So there's no need to worry about keeping two lists in sync. One could 
> also make the weighted and fixed wrappers mostly-transparent proxies to 
> the widgets they contain. If you want, I can knock up a quick patch for 
> this behaviour for you to have a look at.

I think that's a great idea.  Florian Festi mentioned a similar 
discomfort with the way Columns and Piles align widgets, but suggested 
adding alignment attributes to the widgets as a solution.  I like your 
approach better because it lends itself more to Urwid's style of 
widget-reuse and small, simple widget classes.

I look forward to your patch :-)


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