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Test for dialog existence

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  • Subject: [mg112704] Test for dialog existence
  • From: Chris Degnen <degnen at cwgsy.net>
  • Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 06:01:47 -0400 (EDT)

Hi. Can anyone suggest how to test for the existence of a dialog?

In the example below a dialog is created containing a plot which can
be modified.  However it seems to be difficult to test whether the
dialog has been closed.

This creates the dialog:

BeginPackage["TestExample`TestDialog`"];
CreateTestDialog::usage = "CreateTestDialog[] creates a test dialog";
Begin["`Private`"];
CreateTestDialog[] :=
  Module[{}, n = 4;
   CreateDialog[
    plot = Dynamic[
      ParametricPlot[{Sin[t], Sin[n t]}, {t, 0, 2 Pi}, Ticks -> None,
       ImageSize -> 100]]]];
End[];
EndPackage[];

CreateTestDialog[];


And the plot can be modified by various means:

TestExample`TestDialog`Private`n = 8;

TestExample`TestDialog`Private`n = 2;


But how can I tell if the dialog has been closed?  The dynamic plot
object still shows as existing afterwards:

NameQ["TestExample`TestDialog`Private`plot"]


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