Some PyGUI classes have one or more action properties. An action property specifies an action to perform in response to something done by the user, e.g. clicking a button.

The value of an action property can take any of the following forms:

Invoking actions programmatically

As a general principle, action properties are only triggered in response to actions performed by the user, not actions performed by the program. For example, the action property of a CheckBox is triggered when the user clicks on the check box, but not when the on property of the check box is assigned to by program code. This makes it easier to set up actions which keep different controls in sync with each other without inadvertently creating infinite loops.

If you do want an action performed in response to program code, you will need to trigger it explicitly. Corresponding to each action property xxx_action there is a method called do_xxx_action which invokes the action. For example, here is how you can change the on property of a check box and trigger the action as though the user had clicked on the control:
my_checkbox.on = True

Overriding actions in subclasses

If you subclass a component and want the subclass to provide an action for one of the superclass's action properties, there are a couple of ways you can go about it. One is to simply pass a bound method of the subclass as the initial value of the action property when calling the superclass's __init__ method. This is not the best way, however, since it uses up the action slot and precludes the possibility of users of your class using it to further customise the component's behaviour. Worse, if the user doesn't realise the action slot is already in use and plugs in an action of his own, it will supplant your subclass's action, which is probably not what you want.

A better way is to override the do_action method for the action. This ensures that users of your class can't inadvertently wipe out your action, and leaves the action property open for further customisation, which you can allow by calling the superclass's do_action method from yours. For example,
class MyControl(SomeControl):

    def do_action(self): something special here, and then...
        SomeControl.do_action(self) # give user's action a go