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Re: [Texmacs-dev] Cocoa backend

From: Martin Costabel
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] Cocoa backend
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 07:16:30 +0100
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Henri Lesourd wrote:
like : "implementing a lightweight X11 compatibility layer
on top of Cocoa, in such a way that (ultimately), one can
compile X11 code on the Mac without modification.

Such a compatibility layer already exists. It comes with Mac OSX and it is called, well, "X11" :-) We have been compiling, after all, TeXmacs on the Mac without modification for years.

This discussion is *not* about porting TeXmacs to the Mac. This has been done a long time ago. It is about better integrating the result into the Mac GUI - using Mac widgets, allowing seamless cut-and-paste with other applications, creating an app bundle. Apart from the latter, which is rather trivial and can be done already with the current X11-based texmacs, this requires, as Massimiliano explains, rewriting substantial parts of TeXmacs. And there is no way around the fact that you need - even if you used a compromise such as Qt4 or gtk - for this task someone who knows intimately both TeXmacs and the Mac GUI.


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