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* Fixed crash in [fconfigure -ttycontrol] in threaded build

* [TIP 222] implementation of [wm attributes -alpha] on Windows

* [TIP 159] implementation of [wm iconphoto]

* Make Tk [load]-able on OS X/Aqua

* Handle color/screen resolution changes on Windows

* Fixed [wm resizable] for Solaris/CDE

* Handle Windows native dialog double clicks that fall through

* Fixed [place forget] memory leak

* Recompute menu geometry on named font size change

* Fixed X/IME IC focus after creation

* Improved multiple display Tk dialog window placement

* Fixed compound buttons for OS X/Aqua

* Documentation improvements and test suite expansion


Tcl/Tk 8.5a2 Release Announcement
December 7, 2004

The Tcl Core Team is pleased to announce the 8.5a2 releases of the Tcl
scripting language and the Tk toolkit. This is the second alpha release of
Tcl/Tk 8.5. More details can be found below. We would like to express our
gratitude to all those who submit bug reports and patches. This information
is invaluable in enabling us to identify and eliminate problems in the core.

Where to get the new releases:

Tcl/Tk 8.5a2 sources are freely available as open source from the
Tcl Developer Xchange web site at:

This web page also contains additional information about the releases,
including new features and notes about installing and compiling the
releases. Sources are always available from the Tcl SourceForge project’s
file distribution area:

Windows, Linux, Solaris and HP-UX binaries are available from:

For additional information:

Please visit the Tcl Developer Xchange web site:

This site contains a variety of information about Tcl/Tk in general, the
core Tcl and Tk distributions, Tcl development tools, and much more.

Thank you for your contributions:

As usual, this release includes contributions from the Tcl community.
We have a page honoring these contributors at:

Summary of Changes since Tcl/Tk 8.5a1:

The following were the main changes in Tcl/Tk 8.5a1. A complete list can be
found in the changes file at the root of the source tree. The more complete
ChangeLog is also included with each source release.

This release is the second alpha release of 8.5. The alpha moniker means
that it is in feature addition mode. All relevant bugs fixes (and some
more) up to and including 8.4.9 changes are included in 8.5a2. The
following list focuses on new features added so far in 8.5. This release is
a development release, and should only be considered for deployment use
after considerable testing.

* Removed support for Mac OS Classic platform

* Made registry package [unload]able

* [TIP 163] Add [dict merge] subcommand

* Refactored Tcl header file #include order. Might create need for
changes in extensions that #include private headers.

* [TIP 129] Add [binary scan tnmrRqQ] formats

* [TIP 142] Add [interp limit] resource limiter

* Bytecode execution of {expand} changed
*** POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY with prior 8.5a releases ***

* [TIP 188] Add [string is wideinteger] class check

* [TIP 202] Add exec/open pipe redirection 2>@1

* [TIP 207] Add [interp invokehidden -namespace]

* [TIP 173,209] Complete [clock] rewrite for better i18n and l10n

* [TIP 189] Package loading for Tcl Modules

* Defer syntax errors during bytecompile to runtime

* Auto-create [dict] key paths

* Reform errorInfo, errorCode management
*** POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY for traces on those vars ***

* [TIP 201] “in” and “ni” expr operators (for lsearch)

* [TIP 212] Add [dict update] and [dict with] subcommands

* [TIP 217] Add [lsort -indices] option

* Reform replaced bit flag values with macros for Var handling
*** POTENTIAL INCOMPATIBILITY for accesses to Var internals ***

* install msgcat, http, tcltest as TM’s

* Made -blocking option of channel during [close] consistent on
Windows with Unix

* [TIP 221] Add [interp bgerror] handler hook

* [TIP 226] Add Tcl_(Save|Restore|Discard)InterpState C APIs

* [TIP 227] Add Tcl_(Get|Set)ReturnOptions C APIs

* [TIP 152] Add -detail option for tk_messageBox

* [TIP 153] Enhanced ‘winfo toplevel’ to recognize non-Tk windows

* Enable Unicode characters in wm title on X11

* [TIP 158] Allow Windows apps to distinguish keys on the keypad using
the Extended modifier

* [TIP 168] Add -smooth method for alternative bezier curve
implementations on canvas items

* [TIP 165] Add %d binding substitution for user-controlled data field

* [TIP 169] Allow for text peering with ‘$text peer’ widget subcommand

* [TIP 205] Use pkgconfig Database to register Xft support

* [TIP 204] Add virtual events for keyboard traversal

* [TIP 177, 179] Add -hide and -stretch options to panedwindow widget

* Documentation improvements and test suite expansion

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