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Re: [Gnumed-devel] [wxPython-users] [ANN] EClass.Builder

From: Ian Haywood
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] [wxPython-users] [ANN] EClass.Builder
Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2004 03:57:14 -0400
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On Thu, Aug 26, 2004 at 09:48:30AM +1000, Horst Herb wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Aug 2004 10:38, Kevin Ollivier wrote:
> > This looks potentially useful and simple to use:
> >
> This it utmost useful.
> What we should snatch immediately is the "visual HTML editing" - I suppose 
> they use wxMozilla for it, has anybody looked into what dependencies that 
> would have?
> If not too complicated to set up / install (for end users) and not too many 
> dependencies, that would be the *ideal* "letter writer" for gnumed - even 
> better, progress notes could be written in "visual" HTML.
Although this may look good, I'm not sure it has the extra features we want 
like popup lists for auto-completion,
which  wxScintilla does, although it maay be possible to add them.

My personal view on referral letters is that the GUI should focus on content, 
the TeX-based backend can make it look good
(but I appreciate there will aways be calls for a WYSIWYG editor phase in 

We also need "protected" text for SOAP headers, ideally in the left margin. 
wxScintilla can do this but its a hack, and
doesn't put then in a separate margin. The C++ base does support margin labels 
but, frustratingly, this isn't available in the Python wrapper.
There are other problems (wxScintilla forces popup lists to be in alphabetical 
order, you can't select by substrings) 
I have started writing a editor class from scratch which will do all of these 
things, but obviously this is going to be a bit of work,
and pointless if it's not what people want as a notes editor

Straw poll:
1/ wxScintilla-based, no proper margins, etc., see 
2/ wxMozilla-based, ? may not have popup lists at all
3/ handwritten editor clas, does exactly what we want.
4/ ???

Obviously I vote for "3" but IMHO the most important thing is to make a clear 
choice, as it's frustrating to be
beset by alternative proposals when you have already done a lot of work (I'm 
not saying this has happened here as yet)


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