Radiobuttons in R TclTk

Radiobuttons in R TclTk

James Wettenhall & Philippe Grosjean bio photo By James Wettenhall & Philippe Grosjean

The following example illustrates the use of radiobuttons in a Tk toplevel window. The choice of radiobutton is mapped to a Tcl variable called rbValue, which is initialized to "oranges", which is the value of the second radio button (i.e. initially, the second radio button will be selected). The onOK() function triggered by the OK button captures the value of the Tcl variable mapped to the radiobuttons (rbValue) before destroying the window. Then it displays an appropriate message box depending on the choice.


win1 <- tktoplevel()
win1$env$rb1 <- tk2radiobutton(win1)
win1$env$rb2 <- tk2radiobutton(win1)
rbValue <- tclVar("oranges")
tkconfigure(win1$env$rb1, variable = rbValue, value = "apples")
tkconfigure(win1$env$rb2, variable = rbValue, value = "oranges")
tkgrid(tk2label(win1, text = "Which fruits do you prefer?"),
  columnspan = 2, padx = 10, pady = c(15, 5))
tkgrid(tk2label(win1, text = "Apples"), win1$env$rb1,
  padx = 10, pady = c(0, 5))
tkgrid(tk2label(win1, ,text = "Oranges"), win1$env$rb2,
  padx = 10, pady = c(0, 15))

onOK <- function() {
  rbVal <- as.character(tclvalue(rbValue))
    "apples" = tkmessageBox(
      message = "Good choice! An apple a day keeps the doctor away!"),
    "oranges" = tkmessageBox(
      message = "Good choice! Oranges are full of vitamin C!")
win1$env$butOK <- tk2button(win1, text = "OK", width = -6, command = onOK)
tkgrid(win1$env$butOK, columnspan = 2, padx = 10, pady = c(5, 15))

You should get a window similar to this one:

radiobutton oranges

Click OK without changing the selection…

radiobutton oranges OK

Now, rerun the code and select Apples:

radiobutton apples

Click OK…

radiobutton apples OK