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Re: porting GNU Emacs to kde (?)

From: Jan D.
Subject: Re: porting GNU Emacs to kde (?)
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 08:44:31 +0200

As for the port of the GUI components of Emacs, a general, toolkit
independent, interface that will be implemented seperately by
GNOME/KDE/GNUstep, should make the porting job easier. I suspect you
have done something like this through your efforts to port Emacs to
GTK, didn't you ?

No.  It was descided that the effort was not worth it.  If you look at
the code you will see that the W32, Mac, Xt, GTK and X ports of
Emacs are separate with different ifdefs.  Some common code does
exist, but there is no general toolkit independent interface.

Which is probably a good thing for GTK.  GTK is very unfriendly when
it comes to integrate into existing applications, so making first
a toolkit independent interface and then a GTK adaption to that interface
would surely increased the amount of code by a factor of 3 or 4.

        Jan D.

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