[R] Floating windows in TCLTK

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Nov 14 14:00:37 CET 2001

On Wed, 14 Nov 2001, David Middleton wrote:

> Simon.Gatehouse at csiro.au wrote:
> > I'm trying, without any success, to get a simple TCLTK window to remain
> > floating on top of the RGui and RConsol windows when the later have focus.
> ...
> > I'm running R in Windows 2000
> I suspect that this is a windows issue rather than anything specific to
> Tk/Tcl in R.  Under windows NT, and presumably win 2000, you can download a
> utility from microsoft called TweakUI which allows you to change the
> behaviour of windows.  If you choose to have the focus following the mouse,
> and no raising of windows with the focus, you should get the behaviour you
> want.

Unfortunately not (I use TweakUI to have focus following the mouse: it
doesn't raise focussed windows for me).  This works perfectly with
multiple R windows in --sdi mode, *except* with package tcltk.
It seems Tcl/Tk on Windows uses some hidden windows to manage its event
queue, with the result that all visible windows lose focus, and you have
to click on one of them.  So I think it is a Tcl/Tk issue.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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