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hi there im creating a web browser using a mix of quickly and Python, im wanting to get a websites title to show up in the very top of the page. im not sure of what code that i need adding to the file, ive looked all over the internet and that has been of no use.

this is the code i have got for the browser so far :

import gettext
from gettext import gettext as _

from gi.repository import Gtk, WebKit # pylint: disable=E0611
import logging
logger = logging.getLogger('dmbrowser')

from dmbrowser_lib import Window
from dmbrowser.AboutDmbrowserDialog import AboutDmbrowserDialog
from dmbrowser.PreferencesDmbrowserDialog import PreferencesDmbrowserDialog

# See for more details about how this class works
class DmbrowserWindow(Window):
    __gtype_name__ = "DmbrowserWindow"

    def finish_initializing(self, builder): # pylint: disable=E1002
        """Set up the main window"""
        super(DmbrowserWindow, self).finish_initializing(builder)

        self.AboutDialog = AboutDmbrowserDialog
        self.PreferencesDialog = PreferencesDmbrowserDialog

        # Code for other initialization actions should be added here.
        self.backbutton = self.builder.get_object("backbutton")
        self.forwardbutton = self.builder.get_object("forwardbutton")
        self.refreshbutton = self.builder.get_object("refreshbutton")
        self.stopbutton = self.builder.get_object("stopbutton")
        self.urlentry = self.builder.get_object("urlentry")
        self.scrolledwindow = self.builder.get_object("scrolledwindow")
        self.toolbar = self.builder.get_object("toolbar")

        context = self.toolbar.get_style_context()

        self.webview = WebKit.WebView()


    def on_backbutton_clicked(self, widget):

    def on_forwardbutton_clicked(self,widget):

    def on_refreshbutton_clicked(self, widget):

    def on_stopbutton_clicked(self, widget):

    def on_urlentry_activate(self, widget):
        url = widget.get_text()"http://" + url)

        print url
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up vote 1 down vote accepted

Untested, but the following should work.

self.webview.connect('notify::title', self._title_changed_cb)

def _title_changed_cb(self, webview, title):

You'll probably want a better title, like "%s - %s" % (title, APPNAME).

Edit: Apprently you can't use the title property directly because it's a GParamString type. Just retrieve the title from the webview.

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Cheers @timo so if i add that directly to the code ive been working n should it start displaying the webpage title in the menu? – DriftedMass Apr 19 '13 at 12:25
@DriftedMass: yes, but in the right place ofcourse :-). The connect should go right after the webview creation and the callback handler can go anywhere in your class. – Timo Apr 19 '13 at 12:44
when i tried that code i got this error message when running the program via command prompt self.webview.connect('notify::title', self._title_changed_cb) def _title_changed_cb(self, webview, title): self.set_title(title) that is the message i get, i put the connector here : self.toolbar = self.builder.get_object("toolbar") self.webview = WebKit.WebView() self.webview.connect('notify::title', self._title_changed_cb) any idea of what i have done wrong? – DriftedMass Apr 19 '13 at 21:29
@DriftedMass: please note that formatting gets lost in the comments which makes it hard to see what you're saying. I've made a change to my answer which fixed an error, maybe that's what you are trying to say. – Timo Apr 20 '13 at 8:59
Yeah im guessing all that mumbo jumbo that i had entered was saying it produced an error. Sorry for that @timo i could see any other way of adding the error code – DriftedMass Apr 20 '13 at 12:58
   self.webview.connect('load_committed', self.change_url)
def change_url(self, widget, data=None):
   self.urlentry.set_text( widget.get_main_frame().get_uri() )

it will work check out

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