[Top][All Lists]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: [XForms] How to proceed?

From: Rick Engebretson
Subject: Re: [XForms] How to proceed?
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:24:22 -0500
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv: Gecko/20110320 SUSE/2.0.13-0.2.1 SeaMonkey/2.0.13

My interest in XForms is due to their core simplicity on Linux. A few years ago I updated some translation into Freepascal. I relied on the XForms C structures maintaining their definitions to create Pascal Records. I had no intention for it to be other than what it was; a non portable implementation of the XForms library into the more readable Object Pascal.

Recently, I've been learning and playing with the Raspberry Pi and their Debian Linux port called Raspbian. Surprisingly, the XForms library and development tools are in download packages. Also, surprisingly, Freepascal is avalable. So for me, the Raspberry Pi is a perfect platform for a billion users; 32bit, 700MHz, 500MB.

NEdit is also available for the Pi. The fonts reminded me of old SuSE Pro before SuSE9. I was curious about available fonts, but it wasn't a priority.

I think it has been difficult for the simple and functional computer developers to coexist with the computer candy crowd. I don't care what you do now that I have the right version tools on the right platform. But don't waste your time making candy for people who will never be pleased.


Jens Thoms Toerring wrote:

    the new development versions, using true/open type fonts
as well as supporting UTF-8, have been available for some
time now and, while they're not yet perfect, I think they
(or at least the newer ones) are mostly usable.

    I hope that you've made up your mind if the new features
are a good thing to have or not. My question to you is: would
you consider them as something that makes XForms a better (or
at least more useful) library? Or would you say that they are
not worth getting included or are even breaking too many things,
making the new version unusable for your purposes? I know that
there are issues due to texts being a bit wider with the new
fonts, which might break UIs of existing programs, which, ad-
mittedly, can be a PITA...

    As it's definitely not my intention to force a version onto
you that many consider to be too disruptive or just simply un-
necessary, I'd like to ask you for a bit of feedback on how you
feel about it. That will help me decide if I should spend more
time on it or better stop. So, please, let me know what your
thoughts are!
                           Best regards, Jens

reply via email to

[Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread]