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Re: Ncurses & native WIN32 support...

From: Mark Hessling
Subject: Re: Ncurses & native WIN32 support...
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 07:57:40 +1000 (EST)

---- Original message ----
>Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2005 15:31:05 -0600
>From: Austin Gilbert <address@hidden>  
>Subject: Re: Ncurses & native WIN32 support...  
>To: William McBrine <address@hidden>
>Cc: address@hidden
>On Nov 7, 2005, at 11:53 PM, William McBrine wrote:
>> On 11/7/05, Austin Gilbert <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> Is anyone working on a native version of Ncurses for Windows??
>> Try PDCurses:
>> http://pdcurses.sf.net/
>> It's 90% compatible with ncurses.
>Yes, I'm aware of PDCurses.  I also question the 90% figure...

Given that ncurses has introduced significant wide character support, then 90% 
would be an excessive
claim. If compared to System VR4 curses then 90% would be reasonable.

>I can tell you that PDCurses doesn't  compile on my Mac OS 10.4.3  
>machine out of the box :( This makes me somewhat concerned about its  

But OSX 10.4.3 is not on the list of explicitly supported operating systems, 
and as far as I know
X11 on OSX is not installed into common locations.  This is more a problem with 
the Mac, not
PDCurses. And not having access to a Mac with a useable X11 installation makes 
it difficult to
support. This is where  people with the platform access and the ability to fix 
these problems are
encouraged to help.

>portability.  Other things that concern me about PDCurses:
>1. referring to X11 as an operating system (from http:// 
>> PDCurses is a public domain curses library for X11, Win32, DOS and  
>> OS/2, with most functions available in System V R4 curses. It  
>> supports most compilers on the above operating systems.

Yes, technically incorrect, so I have now corrected the wording.

>2. referring to C as an interpreted language ( from http:// 
>sourceforge.net/projects/pdcurses )
>> Operating System: OS Independent (Written in an interpreted language)

Sourceforge changed their Trove catergories, so that when there was only one 
category for "portable
to various platforms", they changed the categories and the text of the category 
is now misleading.
This has now been fixed.

I'm intrigued to understand why the above descriptive errors make you concerned 
about PDCurses'
portability.  Having fixed these descriptive errors are you now less concerned?

Cheers, Mark

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