canvas_sqmap man page

canvas::sqmap — Canvas with map background based on square tiles

Synopsis

package require Tcl 8.4

package require Tk 8.4

package require canvas::sqmap ?0.2?

::canvas::sqmap pathName ?options?

canvasName image set cell image

canvasName image unset cell

canvasName flush

Description

This package provides an extended canvas widget for the display of maps based on a set of square image tiles. The tiles are the background of the canvas, with all other canvas items added always shown in front of them. The number of tiles shown, tile size, and where to get the images to show are all configurable.

API

::canvas::sqmap pathName ?options?
Creates the canvas pathName and configures it. The new widget supports all of the options and methods of a regular canvas, plus the options and methods described below.

The result of the command is pathName.

Options

-grid-cell-width
The value for this option is a non-negative integer. It specifies the width of the cells the background is made up of.
-grid-cell-height
The value for this option is a non-negative integer. It specifies the height of the cells the background is made up of.
-grid-cell-command

The value for this option is a command prefix. It is nvoked whenever the canvas needs the image for a specific cell of the background, with two additional arguments, the id of the cell, and a command prefix to invoke when the image is ready, or known to not exist.

The id of the cell is a 2-element list containing the row and column number of the cell, in this order. The result command prefix (named "$result" in the example below) has to be invoked with either two or three arguments, i.e.

$result set   $cellid $image ; # image is known and ready
$result unset $cellid        ; # image does not exist

This option may be left undefined, i.e. the canvas can operate without it. In that case the only images shown in grid cells are those explicitly set with the method image set, see the next section. All other grid cells will simply be empty.

-viewport-command
This option specifies a command prefix to invoke when the viewport of the canvas is changed, to allow users keep track of where in the scroll-region we are at all times. This can be used, for example, to drive derivate displays, or to keep items in view by moving them as the viewport moves.

Methods

canvasName image set cell image
Invoking this method places the image into the specified cell of the background. The cell is given as a 2-element list containing row and column number, in this order.

Note that an image is allowed to be associated with and displayed in multiple cells of the canvas.
canvasName image unset cell
Invoking this method declares the specified cell of the background as empty, an existing image shown by this cell will be forgotten. The cell is given as a 2-element list containing row and column number, in this order.
canvasName flush
Invoking this method forces the canvas to completely reload the images for all cells. Do not use this method if the canvas is operated without a -grid-cell-command, as in that case the canvas will simply forget all images without being able to reload them.

Image Ownership

Note that the canvas does not take ownership of the images it shows in the background. In other words, when we say that the canvas forgets an image this means only that the association between a grid cell and shown image is broken. The image is not deleted. Managing the lifecycle of the images shown by the canvas is responsibility of the user of the canvas.

Keywords

canvas, cell, grid, image, map, square map, tile

Info

0.2 canvas Variations on a canvas