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[Texmacs-dev] Cocoa backend

From: Massimiliano Gubinelli
Subject: [Texmacs-dev] Cocoa backend
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2006 11:48:42 +0100

this is my first message to the list. I've discovered TeXmacs not a long time ago but until recently I had not the right appreciation of its quality and possibilities. After a long time spent in trying to imagine a better way to do (scientific) TeXing on the Mac I've realized that it is too expensive to hack TeX and better to start from the ground up, then I found that the typesetting engine of TeXmacs is very good and that the data structures of TeXmacs are the right foundation for a good and prosper life of any software based on them.

So I'm here trying to put up a MacOSX (Cocoa) backend for TeXmacs. It is already running and works fine. Just some details have to be smeared off. The current status is a set of C++ classes to replace the X11 backend (window, display, drawable) and a replacement for the main function (since MacOSX app do not receive command line arguments). This was my way to start to understand TeXmacs code. I would really like to replace ALL the widgets by standard Cocoa widgets and make the app more Mac friendly. As it stands now probably it can run also in GNUstep (under Linux) since I use only the NextStep API (I believe). But in the future this may change: I would really like to leverage at maximum the capabilities of the Mac.

Massimiliano Gubinelli

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