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ANN: GNUstep gui/back 0.8.8


From: Adam Fedor
Subject: ANN: GNUstep gui/back 0.8.8
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 09:09:04 -0600
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This is version 0.8.8 of the GNUstep GUI library (`gnustep-gui').

What is the GNUstep GUI Library?
================================

   It is a library of graphical user interface classes written
completely in the Objective-C language; the classes are based upon the
OpenStep specification as release by NeXT Software, Inc.  The library
has been enhanced in a number of ways to take advantage of the GNU
system.  These classes include graphical objects such as buttons, text
fields, popup lists, browser lists, and windows; there are also many
associated classes for handling events, colors, fonts, pasteboards and
images.

   The GNUstep GUI Library is designed in two parts.  The first part is
the front-end component which is independent of platform and display
system.  This front-end is combined with a back-end component which
handles all of the display system dependent such as specific calls to
X/Windows.  This design allows the GNUstep applications to have the
"look and feel" of the underlying display system without any changes to
the application, and the library can be easily ported to other display
systems.

   The GNUstep GUI Library requires the GNU Objective-C compiler, the
GNUstep Base Library, the TIFF Graphics library, and a back-end
component like the GNUstep 'Back' Backend.

Noteworthy changes in version `0.8.8'
=====================================

   * Updated LanguageSetup documentation

   * Improved RTF reader (unicode support, etc).

Where can you get it?  How can you compile it?
==============================================

   The gstep-gui-0.8.8.tar.gz distribution file has been placed on
`ftp.gnustep.org' in `pub/gnustep/core'.

   the TIFF Graphics library version 3.4 is required.

   It also requires the GNUstep Base Library.

Where do I send bug reports?
============================

   Please log bug reports on the GNUstep project page
<http://savannah.gnu.org/support/?group=gnustep> or send bug reports to
<address@hidden>.

Obtaining GNU Software
======================

   Check out the GNUstep web site. (<http://www.gnustep.org/>), and the
GNU web site. (<http://www.gnu.org/>)

===================================================================================

This is version 0.8.8 of the GNUstep GUI Backend (`gnustep-back').

What is the GNUstep GUI Backend?
================================

   It is a back-end component for the GNUstep GUI Library.  The
implementation of the GNUstep GUI Library is designed in two parts.  The
first part is the front-end component which is independent of platform
and display system.  This front-end is combined with a back-end
component which handles all of the display system dependent such as
specific calls to the X Window System.  This design allows the GNUstep
applications to have the "look and feel" of the underlying display
system without any changes to the application, and the library can be
easily ported to other display systems.

   The GNUstep GUI Backend is for platforms using the X-Window System or
Window's Systems. It works via a DPS emulation engine to emulate the
DPS functions required by the front-end system.

Noteworthy changes in version `0.8.8'
=====================================

   Full multi-byte/unicode support for East Asian languages was added to
the xlib backend. The X11 server now supports use of the XIM input
method for entering non-keyboard characters. Both contributions thanks
to Kazunobu Kuriyama.

   * Also added slightly better EWMH support.

   * Art backend works with more versions of freetype.






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