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

James Reeves jreeves at monkeyengines.co.uk
Sun May 20 17:05:59 EDT 2007

Ian Ward wrote:
> 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 :-)
Hi there,

I've been experimenting with the best way to implement this approach, 
and the attached patch is what I eventually came up with. I've created a 
"hint" module that contains a set of decorator classes that hints to 
containing classes how the widget might best be displayed. A quick example:

import urwid
import urwid.hint as hint


pile = urwid.Pile([
     hint.Fixed(widget1, size = 5),
     hint.Weight(widget4, 2.0)

I've adapted the Columns and Pile widgets to work with the layout hint 
wrappers. The code is essentially mostly unchanged; I just replaced all 
of the tuple-handling code with isinstance checks, etc. I also updated 
the unit tests in test_urwid.py.

I'm undecided on the syntax, but it seems reasonable.

What are your thoughts?

James Reeves

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