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


From: Lennart Borgman
Subject: bug#4367: 23.1; unable to view this png image
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:56:53 +0200

On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 2:07 AM, Jason Rumney <address@hidden> wrote:
> 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?


Perhaps it would be good to include libraries that allows the most
common web image types (if that is possible)?





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