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Re: DirectFB backend, I'm going for it!

From: Alexander Malmberg
Subject: Re: DirectFB backend, I'm going for it!
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2004 03:19:17 +0100

Chad Hardin wrote:
> I think I can handle One by simply putting in window decoration code
> and handling in DirectFBServer.  However, in order to actually draw to
> the screen it would need to use the other half of the backend, call it
> DirectFBLib.  So I'm wondering if there will be problems with the
> server side of the backend drawing to the screen and hence relying on
> the graphics side of the backend.  What do you all think, will there be
> a problem with this type of thing?

I don't think there'd be any technical problems (at least none that
couldn't be solved fairly easily). It would make your server part depend
on your graphics part, but you might not have a problem with that.

That said, I (still) have a TODO for implementing window decoration
drawing in -gui that could be used in backends that don't have any
"native" window decorations. In short, the plan is to have a
-(BOOL)handlesWindowDecorations in GSDisplayServer. If the backend
returns NO, things behave like they do now. If it returns YES, -gui will
include window decorations in the window, and will handle movement,
resizing, etc. by itself.

> About Two:  It seems that there will HAVE to be some type of
> inter-process communication going on for this,


> probably NSDistributedNotificationCenter?

Depending on what you actually need to do, distributed notifications,
DO, something dfb-specific, or something completely different may be the
most appropriate. :)

> The question is then, who will handle
> this?  Maybe a dock something like Apple's dock which swallows appicons
> and miniwindows?  I was thinking something along the lines that
> whenever an app is supposed to create an appIcon and when it's windows
> are supposed to become miniwindows they instead tell the Dock (or
> whatever is handling it) to do it instead.

-gui will do some of this for you, so you should just have to watch the
masks and do the Right Thing with those kinds of windows. There are many
possible ways of doing this, so unless directfb restricts it, how is up
to you.

- Alexander Malmberg

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