The Applet's Context Menu

When the user right clicks on the applet, a menu appears, this is all handeled by the panel, so in order to add items to it you use a special interface to "add callbacks" to the menu. A very simple example would be (making our hello applet even more feature full):

Example 4. hello_applet with menu items

#include <config.h>
#include <applet-widget.h>

static void
hello_there (AppletWidget *applet, gpointer data)
        g_print(_("Hello There"));

main (int argc, char **argv)
        GtkWidget *applet;
        GtkWidget *label;

        /* Initialize the i18n stuff */
        bindtextdomain (PACKAGE, GNOMELOCALEDIR);
        textdomain (PACKAGE);

        /* intialize, this will basically set up the applet, corba and
           call gnome_init */
        applet_widget_init("hello_applet", NULL, argc, argv, NULL, 0, NULL);

        /* create a new applet_widget */
        applet = applet_widget_new("hello_applet");
        /* in the rare case that the communication with the panel
           failed, error out */
        if (!applet)
                g_error("Can't create applet!\n");

        /* create the widget we are going to put on the applet */
        label = gtk_label_new(_("Hello There!"));

        /* add the widget to the applet-widget, and thereby actually
           putting it "onto" the panel */
        applet_widget_add (APPLET_WIDGET (applet), label);
        gtk_widget_show (applet);

        /* add an item to the applet menu */
                                        _("Hello There"),

        /* special corba main loop */
        applet_widget_gtk_main ();

        return 0;

Now the user will see a "Hello There" menu item on the applet menu, and when selected, the applet will print "Hello There". Useful huh?

Note that the second argument to the register_callback is just a string identifier of this callback, and can really be whatever you want. But it should NOT be translated as the label (the 3rd argument) should be.