Just trying to build a dialog window for picking items from the list. However it doesn't work as expected. Here is the simplified example

 Table[Button["press", DialogReturn[ret = i]], {i, 1, 3}]


In[10]: ret
Out[10]: i

I expected to return the number I clicked. Could you help me to solve this issue/feature? :)


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This will work as you expect:

 Table[With[{i = i}, Button["press", DialogReturn[ret = i]]], {i, 1, 
  • $\begingroup$ Oh God. I should probably care more about these specific functions. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 11:42
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you a lot! $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 11:42
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    $\begingroup$ DialogReturn has attribute HoldFirst. That is why With helps here. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 7, 2021 at 11:46

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