2010-08-16

Starting with version 2.18, the GTK library allowed for adding links to Labels, and this is exactly how I handled adding clickable URLs and names in heybuddy. Unfortunately, the version of GTK on Maemo devices is too old to use links in Labels.

Another unfortunate problem with links in Labels is that no GTK theme seems to have set a custom link color and all themes are stuck with the default bright blue link color. Egads! It sure would be nice if the user could set the color of links in heybuddy.

After searching and searching, I couldn't find an example of how to set a custom color for links in a GTK Label so I first needed to write some code to experiment with. The end result was a very simple example of exactly what I needed: a custom link color in a GTK Label.

Enter the Python

#!/usr/bin/env python
import gtk

gtk.Window()
gtk.Label()
"go to <a href='http://www.jezra.net'>jezra.net</a>"
l.set_markup(m)

style='''
style "label" {
  GtkLabel::link-color="#ff6600"
}
widget_class "*GtkLabel" style "label"
'''

gtk.rc_parse_string(style)

w.add(l)
w.show_all()
gtk.main()

shazaam! Custom color, baby!

Now quit reading, and go make things colorful.

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