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Re: [Texmacs-dev] Re: Maximal window size [and TeXmacs as a GUI]

From: Joris van der Hoeven
Subject: Re: [Texmacs-dev] Re: Maximal window size [and TeXmacs as a GUI]
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 16:54:23 +0200 (MET DST)

> Apparently we can get it for free when we will have moved to KDE.

Yes, but no volunteers have shown up yet...
Anyway, this particular problem should be fixed in the next version.

Besides, I have been rethinking a bit about widgets, etc.
I am again coming back to a very old idea of mine: almost all types
of widgets should eventually become primitives of the typesetter.
In other words, we see the contents of a widget + its behavior in
relation to mouse clicks etc. as a sort of TeXmacs document.

This is a very powerful point of view, because it will allow us

1. To use the whole typesetting quality of TeXmacs in order
   to compute the layout of the widgets.

2. To directly include widget stuff, like menus and canvases
   with scroll bars, *inside* documents.

3. To be able to design the use interface directly
   with the TeXmacs editor.

4. To get rid of a non-essential part of TeXmacs.

In other words, we should really concentrate of adapting
the window stuff to other toolkits and then investigate how
to integrate widgets as typesetting primitives.
Technically speaking, this means that the "box" type will
be given a certain number of member functions from widget.

Nevertheless, this does not mean that porting the TeXmacs widgets
to KDE or Gtk is useless, since this *does* have the advantage of
providing a coherent look and feel. Nevertheless, ultimately,
it is not the right way...

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