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This directory contains the binary distribution of Tcl/Tk 8.0p2 for Windows. It was compiled with Borland C++ 4.52 using Win32 API, so that it will run under Windows NT, Windows 95, and Windows 3.1 (with Win32s). The information here corresponds to release 8.0. Tcl 8.0 is a major new release that replaces the core of the interpreter with an on-the-fly bytecode compiler to improve execution speed. It also includes several other new features such as namespaces and binary I/O, plus many bug fixes. The compiler introduces several incompatibilities that may affect existing Tcl scripts; the incompatibilities are relatively obscure but may require modifications to some old scripts before they can run with this version. The compiler introduces many new C-level APIs, but the old APIs are still supported.
This release also corresponds to Tk 8.0p2. This is a major release with significant new features such as native look and feel on Macintoshes and PCs, a new font mechanism, application embedding, and proper support for Safe-Tcl. See below for details. There should be no backward incompatibilities in Tk 8.0p2 that affect scripts.
Note: with this release the Tk version number skips from 4.2 to 8.0. The jump was made in order to synchronize the Tcl and Tk version numbers.
The best way to get started with Tcl is to read one of the introductory books on Tcl:
The "lib/tk8.0/demos" directory contains a number of pre-canned scripts that demonstrate various features of Tk. The file "lib/tk8.0/demos/widget.tcl" is a script that you can use to invoke many individual demonstrations of Tk's facilities.
See the Readme file for more information
21 Nov 1997 Initial release
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