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Re: [XForms] fdesign DPI aware

From: Joel Lefebvre
Subject: Re: [XForms] fdesign DPI aware
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:46:40 -0600

Hi Jens,

Seems the units option has to to with units of measure when sizing widgets, did not seem to have anything to do with the fdesign GUI at all.

I understand about finding time to work on these kinds of projects.

I am just happy to see it is still around. I remember using this back in it's very early days.



On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 3:05 PM, Jens Thoms Toerring <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Joel,

   sorry for letting you wait that long for an answer,
but I was drowning in other work and had no resources
left to take care of it.

On Fri, Jun 16, 2017 at 08:33:08PM -0600, Joel wrote:
> I used to use xforms many years ago. I recently found that it is
> still available and loaded it on my Debian system. I am having an
> issue with usability of fdesign. I am using 4K monitors and fdesign
> does not seem to be DPI aware nor have controls to set the GUI size.
> It makes the control window too small for my tired eyes. So the
> questions are,
> Is there a way to make the control window larger? I looked at the
> fdesign start-up options and did not see anything.

To be honest, I'm not sure. There's an option to fdesign,
'-unit', which can be used to specify the unit used in
fdesign. Supported are

    cp     (centi-point, i.e. tenth of a point)
        cmm    (centi-millimeter, i.e. tenth of a millimeter)

But I must admit that I've never tried it and thus don't know
it it works properly - never heard from someone usung it. And,
actually, when I just tried and it it ended in a segmentation
fault:-( But rather likely that's the way to go once that has
been fixed.

> Is xforms still actively being developed? Can you make it DPI aware
> or customizable?

At the moment I'm too busy to do much about XForms (and there's
no-one else that has volunteered to take over). And while it
might be possible to use some different units for fdesign be-
side pixels, internally everything is done in pixels exclus-
sively. If your program doesn't change any sizes of objects
 etc. it might be good enough, otherwise your program needs
to be DPI-aware...

You must understand that XForms comes from a time when normal
screens had 75 dpi and more expensive ones 100 dpi - and be-
yond that nothing existed (unless you had a real, real, lot
of money to spend for a monitor and graphics hardware;-).
And there was no Unicode, nor fancy anti-aliased TTF fonts etc.
I've started to try to introduce some of this, but mostly as a
single developer who works on it in his spare time progress
is rather limited, sorry.
                            Best regards, Jens
  \   Jens Thoms Toerring  ________      address@hidden
   \_______________________________      http://toerring.de

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