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python tkinter, changing label colors

sara_bellum asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
I am learning python tkinter and have written an app that responds to clicking on a button: for each button clicked, the label in the largest frame changes to reflect the color chosen. But only the words. I can't configure the background color of the label, I think because the app sees the label as none type object. What to do? The code is attached, with my comments to reflect the errors that I saw.
from Tkinter import *

class Application(Frame):

    def __init__(self, master=None):
        Frame.__init__(self, master=None)
        self.master.rowconfigure(0, weight=1)
        self.master.columnconfigure(0, weight=1)
        self.event = "<Button-1>"
        event = self.event

    def __ButtonHandler(self, event, f, v, r, s, color, i):
        if i == 1:
            f.configure(bg = "red")
            r.set("You picked red")
        elif i == 2:
            f.configure(bg = "blue")
            # s (Label) is a nonType object...so s.config won't work
            color.set('blue') #nothing - and s.color.set is none-type object
            r.set("You picked blue")
        elif i == 3:
            f.configure(bg = "green")
            r.set("You picked green")
        elif i == 4:
            f.configure(bg = "black")
            r.set("You picked black")
        elif i == 5:
            f.configure(bg = "red")
            v.set("Random file")
            r.set("You wish to open a file")

    def __HandlerBlue(self, event):
        print("Frame 1 clicked at", event.x, event.y)

    def __HandlerWhite(self, event):
        print("Frame 2 clicked at", event.x, event.y)

    def __BuildFrames(self, event):

        for x in range(1, 3):
            self.rowconfigure(x, weight=1)

        d = Frame(self, bg="blue")
        Label(self, text="Frame 1", bg="blue").grid(row=1, column=1, sticky=E, pady=50)
        d.grid(row=1, column=1, columnspan=2, sticky=N+S+E+W)
        d.bind(event, self.__HandlerBlue)

        e = Frame(self, bg="white")
        Label(self, text="Frame 2", bg="white").grid(row=2, column=1, sticky=E, pady=50)
        e.grid(row=2, column=1, columnspan=2, sticky=N+S+E+W)
        e.bind(event, self.__HandlerWhite)

        f = Frame(self, bg="red")
        r = StringVar()
        Label(self, textvariable=r, bg="red").grid(row=1, column=4, sticky=S)
        r.set("Frame 3")
        f.grid(row=1, column=3, rowspan=2, columnspan=3, sticky=N+S+E+W)
        self.f = f

        g = Frame(self)
        v = StringVar()
        # color.set('red') unknown color name "PY_VAR2"
        color = "red"
        s = Label(self, text="Open File", bg=color, borderwidth=2).grid(row=2, column=4, sticky=S+E)
        entry_widget = Entry(self, text=v, width=10).grid(row=2, column=5, sticky=S+E)
        # s is a NoneType object
        g.grid(row=2, column=5)

        color = StringVar()
        self.color = color
        self.v = v
        self.r = r
        self.__CreateButtons(event, f, v, r, s, color)

    def __CreateButtons(self, event, f, v, r, s, color):

        self.button_dict = { 'button1': 'Red', 'button2': 'Blue', 'button3': 'Green', 'button4': 'Black', 'button5': 'Open' }
        for i in range(1, 6):
            for y in self.button_dict.keys():
                label = self.button_dict[y]
                if i == int(y[-1]):
                    y = Button(self, text=label)
                    y.grid(row=3, column=i, ipadx=10, sticky=N+S+E+W)
                    def handler( event, i=i):
                        return self.__ButtonHandler(event, f, v, r, s, color, i)
                    y.bind(event, handler, self)

root = Tk()
app = Application(master=root)

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That was it (combining the grid method with the label object)! I should have caught that, especially since I had to break out the grid method from its object for some other problem I was having with this app. But I've worked with it for so long that I couldn't see it :(  

Thanks for your code nonetheless! I found out that I don't need the set() method except for the stringVar that I want inserted into the text entry widget. To change label text etc all I needed was this:
s.configure(text="You picked \n" + color, fg="white", bg=color)

I don't know if I'll use much tkinter, but it's been useful to help me visualize the relationships between objects and methods in a class :)


It's awesome to get this kind of feedback!!

Well, our future is awesome.  We only have to get rid of the mental and physical mess ;)

Concerning the "blindness", this is very normal.  We have the proverb "more heads know more" which is likely the equivalent of the English "Two heads are better then one."  In the case of the blindness, it really works even if the other head is passive (i.e. you have to explain your own code to someone else).  We have modified the proverb for such case (with my colleague) to "The more heads, the more cabbage." :)


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