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Re: [Gnumed-devel] CVS and PNGs

From: Horst Herb
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] CVS and PNGs
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 08:46:56 +1000

On Sunday 11 August 2002 4:51 pm, you wrote:

> I imagine this is another case of subtle inconsistencies between wxMSW and
> wxGTK, exacberated by the fact that we are really pushing the envelope with
> this library.

Not really. It is the logical consequence of hardcoding sizes, positions and 
fonts - something that is simply not the thing done in portable software 

> The frustrating thing, its that on GTK the perfect solution would be to
> have a "Terry theme", so any program can enjoy the wonders of purple
> labels, while keeping our code simple, but as Horst pointed out, this is
> not portable.

Well, you still can have it on Linux. Wouldn't worry too much about the 
Windows users - those living on canned fast food need not get gourmet food in 
their cans, do they? Anyway, wouldn't be that bad, as it still would be 
utmost configurable, just not via simple theming

> humble suggestions:
>       - "all the way with GTK": a windows version is available, the advantage 
> is
> we finally get access to glade and other goodies. (We lose Mac, of course)
>       - our own GUI customisation, storing fonts, colours on the remote
> database. This is currently our direction, but it does seem
> pointless duplication, especially on Linux.

Unfortunately it is not that simple. The Windows GTK port is buggy and 
unstable. Only a small handful of developers maintain it, and Tor seems to be 
the only long term commited one (Which GTK enthusiast would waste his time 
with Windows?).
Glade for Windows, while certainly far more complete than wxGlade is unstable 
too - still experimental, for that matter. If we would focus on 
Linux/Unix/OSX development, Glade/GTK is certainly very tempting - but 
Windows would suffer far than with the current solution where Windows would 
just miss out on skinning.

That said, glade is certainly one of the greatest UI designer tools ever. GTK 
2.0 is quite complete, would even come with a very nice rich text widget. 
Language independence would be given in a far more comprehensive way than 
with wx.


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