Each button has an associated list of properties defining its appearance and behavior, and other arbitrary properties may be used for application specific purposes. The following properties have special meaning to the Button package:
The function to call when the user invokes the button, which is passed the single argument
button. By default this is
ignore, which does nothing.
This is similar to
action, and when present, will be used instead of
action for button invocations resulting from mouse-clicks (instead of the user hitting
RET). If not present, mouse-clicks use
This is an Emacs face controlling how buttons of this type are displayed; by default this is the
This is an additional face which controls appearance during mouse-overs (merged with the usual button face); by default this is the usual Emacs
The button’s keymap, defining bindings active within the button region. By default this is the usual button region keymap, stored in the variable
button-map, which defines
mouse-2 to invoke the button.
The button type. See Button Types.
A string displayed by the Emacs tooltip help system; by default,
"mouse-2, RET: Push this button". Alternatively, a function that returns, or a form that evaluates to, a string to be displayed or
nil. For details see Text help-echo.
The function is called with three arguments,
pos. The second argument,
object, is either the overlay that had the property (for overlay buttons), or the buffer containing the button (for text property buttons). The other arguments have the same meaning as for the special text property
follow-link property, defining how a
mouse-1 click behaves on this button, See Clickable Text.
All buttons have a non-
button property, which may be useful in finding regions of text that comprise buttons (which is what the standard button functions do).
There are other properties defined for the regions of text in a button, but these are not generally interesting for typical uses.