Remember when you were a child and you had those wooden puzzles to put together? Each piece in the puzzle had exactly one place where it could go and there weren’t any overlaps allowed between pieces.
manager, our windows are similar to the wooden puzzle, because
widgets cannot overlap or cover each other, partially or completely
(see Figure 2-2). If a Button is packed in a
certain space on the window, the next Button (or any widget) will
have to fit around the already packed Button. Luckily, our windows
will be dealing only with rectangular shapes instead of funny-shaped
Figure 2-2. Overlap error
The order in which you pack your widgets is very important because it directly affects what you see on the screen. Each Frame or Toplevel maintains a list of items that are displayed within it. This list has an order to it: if widget A is packed before widget B, then widget A will get preference if space becomes scarce. This will become clear as we go through some examples. You will often get a different look to your window just by packing the widgets in a different order.
If you don’t care what the window looks like and how the
widgets are put in it, you can use
pack with no
arguments and skip the rest of this chapter. Here it is again:
To make your window look nicer and more manageable (and user friendly), ...