Re: Greying out menu options

If I understand correctly, I think you want gtk_widget_set_sensitive().


On Fri, 20 Aug 1999, Rhys Weatherley wrote:

> Hi all,
> I've been lurking here for a few days, so it's about time I popped my head up 
> to have it chopped off for asking dumb questions. :-)
> What I'm working on: I've been looking around for a free project management 
> tool for Linux, a la Microsoft Project, for a while, and came up empty.  So, 
> starting a couple of weeks ago, I've begun writing one.  It's early days yet, 
> but I intend to GPL it once it gets to a reasonable point.
> Anyway, the dumb question: how does one go about greying out a menu option or a 
> toolbar button that is not active at present?  I've searched the examples and 
> the code for some of the applications, and can't find a good concrete demo of 
> how to do it in the correct GNOME-ish way.
> Now, before I get flamed for "You shouldn't be doing that anyway.  It's 
> bad!!!", maybe I should explain my biases here.  I've been writing commercial 
> X-based software for Unix for the last few years, and the one thing that really 
> gets non-techie users and QA (testers) bent out of shape is when they select a 
> menu option and it doesn't do anything.  I've literally gone to war with QA on 
> several occasions over whether an option should be greyed out or not.  In the 
> end, I just gave in and greyed the damn thing out.
> As GNOME goes more and more mainstream, you are likely to come across the same 
> problem.
> Cheers,
> Rhys Weatherley.
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