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Re: Aquamacs distro for OS X like behavior

From: David Reitter
Subject: Re: Aquamacs distro for OS X like behavior
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2005 10:50:52 +0100

On 8 Apr 2005, at 10:17, Johan Vromans wrote:

Also, I think the number of widgets that emacs will use is rather

Using a UI toolkit represents a long-term commitment. Given that UI toolkits seem to live in a fashion-driven biosphere, it might be interesting to consider alternatives.

How about documenting interfaces for the most commonly used functions, starting with tasks where a good GUI would be helpful? For example, one could define a structured language to serialize customization settings, which could then be parsed by little external modules - written by the community or the port people in order to implement system-native behavior. This would not preclude the use of the default behavior, i.e. customization buffers. I understand (and I know very little about the technical side of emacs!) that custom options have such an API anyways - it would come down to defining a serialization (to write stuff into a file and read it out again) and an update protocol.

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