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Support for system-style menus?
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joymaker
2017-01-26 22:23:27 UTC
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I use SDL2, and I would like to put menus in the menubar. The way the system likes to do it: top of the screen on the Mac, top of the window on Windows, etc. Is there any facility in SDL2 to access these system-style menus? Or has anyone written an add-on to do so?

Thanks,
Ken
Alex Barry
2017-01-26 22:40:30 UTC
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I have heard of people embedding SDL inside Qt and windows apps, so I
suspect you could use something like SDL_CreateWindowFrom
<https://wiki.libsdl.org/SDL_CreateWindowFrom>. I'm sure there is someone
on here more information, but that gives you a clear path forward, I think.
Post by joymaker
I use SDL2, and I would like to put menus in the menubar. The way the
system likes to do it: top of the screen on the Mac, top of the window on
Windows, etc. Is there any facility in SDL2 to access these system-style
menus? Or has anyone written an add-on to do so?
Thanks,
Ken
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Daniel Gibson
2017-01-26 23:09:01 UTC
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I don't think a small crossplatform solution that just provides a
menubar exists.
You could use GTK or Qt or WxWidgets, but that seems like a huge
dependency for such a simple thing.

FWIW, https://forums.libsdl.org/viewtopic.php?t=7746 has some
information on how to do this on Windows
There probably is a standard way to do this on OSX, too.
For Linux (or Unices using X11 in general) it#s harder, because there
menubars are provided by Qt, GTK or whatever you're using.

Related: https://sourceforge.net/projects/tinyfiledialogs/ provides file
pickers and some other very basic stuff, no menubar though.

Similar: https://github.com/mlabbe/nativefiledialog - it /might/ be
possible to enhance this one to provide a menu bar (with tinyfiledialogs
that doesn't seem feasible as it seems to rely on calling tools like
Xdialog, Zenity etc which do not interact with your SDL window at all
and thus can't modify it to show a menubar).

Cheers,
Daniel
Post by joymaker
I use SDL2, and I would like to put menus in the menubar. The way the
system likes to do it: top of the screen on the Mac, top of the window
on Windows, etc. Is there any facility in SDL2 to access these
system-style menus? Or has anyone written an add-on to do so?
Thanks,
Ken
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