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Re: lynx-dev Suggestion for merging the libcurses and libslang code

From: T.E.Dickey
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Suggestion for merging the libcurses and libslang code
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 20:02:38 -0500 (EST)

> On Mon, 8 Nov 1999 address@hidden wrote: 
> > Now that there is a concerted effort to make pdcurses work for lynx, it 
> > might be appropriate look into eliminating explicit calls on libslang 
> > entirely from the lynx code. 
> >  
> > I say this because libslang has an slcurses interface, in which a subset 
> > of curses functions are simulated by slang calls within the library.  The 
> > Linux version of libslang is automatically an slcurses library, and there 
> > is an include file, slcurses.h, that sets up the correspondences. 
> My version of history goes like this: 
> Lynx had the (questionable) luck to be one of the first programs that 
> used slang as an alternative for (n)curses.  At the point in time when 

he did modify a copy of the sc spreadsheet program, somewhat earlier iirc.

> if lynx had been slang-ified later, when just including slcurses.h would 
> have provided most or all of the needed curses functions and macros 
> under their curses names. 

perhaps - but John Davis has stated that he prefers to not use the slcurses.h
header, but code directly with slang's functions.
> > When Davis was posting to this news group, he pointed out that slcurses 
> > may not have the complete curses functionality wanted in lynx. But, I find 
> > it difficult to believe that libpdcurses, which compiles to 50 KB on my 
> > machine, could really have that much more functionality than libslang that 
> > compiles to 400 KB. 
> If "When Davis was posting to this news group" refers to the time of first 
> slangification, around Lynx 2-5, then slcurses has changed a lot since 
> then. 

he hasn't been around for a while, but definitely was still posting after 2.8.1
>    Klaus 

Thomas E. Dickey

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