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bug#4367: 23.1; unable to view this png image

From: Jason Rumney
Subject: bug#4367: 23.1; unable to view this png image
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 08:07:56 +0800
User-agent: Thunderbird (Windows/20090812)

Eli Zaretskii wrote:
it is trivial to include the dll libs for images.

No, it isn't: there are various copyright issues

I would hope not.

My reason for not including image DLLs with the official release are twofold:

1. The effort required to keep up with security bugs in at least 6 different image related libraries, and to figure out how to get all of those libraries to compile on Windows (many other ports are not as well documented and maintained as Emacs in this respect).

2. The need to include a lot of third party source on the GNU ftp server - this may make it misleading as to the origin of that source, and may invite irrelevant bug reports.

I find it surprising that people have such strong views about the inability of a TEXT EDITOR to display various image formats out of the box. We ship enough third party libraries for Emacs to display all the graphical components of its own interface, isn't that enough?

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