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37.18 Embedded Native Widgets

Emacs is able to display native widgets, such as GTK WebKit widgets, in Emacs buffers when it was built with the necessary support libraries and is running on a graphical terminal. To test whether Emacs supports display of embedded widgets, check that the xwidget-internal feature is available (see Named Features).

To display an embedded widget in a buffer, you must first create an xwidget object, and then use that object as the display specifier in a display text or overlay property (see Display Property).

Function: make-xwidget type title width height arguments &optional buffer

This creates and returns an xwidget object. If buffer is omitted or nil, it defaults to the current buffer. If buffer names a buffer that doesn’t exist, it will be created. The type identifies the type of the xwidget component, it can be one of the following:


The WebKit component.

The width and height arguments specify the widget size in pixels, and title, a string, specifies its title.

Function: xwidgetp object

This function returns t if object is an xwidget, nil otherwise.

Function: xwidget-plist xwidget

This function returns the property list of xwidget.

Function: set-xwidget-plist xwidget plist

This function replaces the property list of xwidget with a new property list given by plist.

Function: xwidget-buffer xwidget

This function returns the buffer of xwidget.

Function: get-buffer-xwidgets buffer

This function returns a list of xwidget objects associated with the buffer, which can be specified as a buffer object or a name of an existing buffer, a string. The value is nil if buffer contains no xwidgets.

Function: xwidget-webkit-goto-uri xwidget uri

This function browses the specified uri in the given xwidget. The uri is a string that specifies the name of a file or a URL.

Function: xwidget-webkit-execute-script xwidget script

This function causes the browser widget specified by xwidget to execute the specified JavaScript script.

Function: xwidget-webkit-execute-script-rv xwidget script &optional default

This function executes the specified script like xwidget-webkit-execute-script does, but it also returns the script’s return value as a string. If script doesn’t return a value, this function returns default, or nil if default was omitted.

Function: xwidget-webkit-get-title xwidget

This function returns the title of xwidget as a string.

Function: xwidget-resize xwidget width height

This function resizes the specified xwidget to the size widthxheight pixels.

Function: xwidget-size-request xwidget

This function returns the desired size of xwidget as a list of the form (width height). The dimensions are in pixels.

Function: xwidget-info xwidget

This function returns the attributes of xwidget as a vector of the form [type title width height]. The attributes are usually determined by make-xwidget when the xwidget is created.

Function: set-xwidget-query-on-exit-flag xwidget flag

This function allows you to arrange that Emacs will ask the user for confirmation before exiting or before killing a buffer that has xwidget associated with it. If flag is non-nil, Emacs will query the user, otherwise it will not.

Function: xwidget-query-on-exit-flag xwidget

This function returns the current setting of xwidgets query-on-exit flag, either t or nil.

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