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Re: [PATCH] Multiboot video support

From: Michal Suchanek
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Multiboot video support
Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 10:26:06 +0100

2010/1/25 Robert Millan <address@hidden>:
> On Mon, Jan 25, 2010 at 12:29:41AM +0100, Michal Suchanek wrote:
>> 2010/1/24 Vladimir 'φ-coder/phcoder' Serbinenko <address@hidden>:
>> > There is a big difference between orientation and the rest of fields:
>> > orientation is configuration variable whereas other fields are a
>> > hardware information. [...]
>> Unlike font, background image or logos the orientation of the screen
>> is hardware property.
> I think nobody wants font, background image or logos to be part of the
> transferred data, as it's clearly overkill.

Well, it would be actually nice if people with specific needs (such as
large high-contrast fonts) could set this once for good. This would
improve usability greatly for them. However, propagating such setting
throughout the system is somewhat unrealistic given the multitude of
UI toolkits involved. Even if that was solved (or left to integrators
who want to support this feature) the problem is that in a complex
theme (which are planned for grub) you can no longer point at
particular font size, color and background color and say with
confidence this is what the user wants. We would be in the same boat
as Mozilla trying to determine "system colors" from the current GTK
theme and failing for odd themes (like a theme using black text and
background color and relying on background bitmap). Also there are
going to be multiple styles in a layout and it is not obvious which to



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