Re: Some 2.6 thinking

On Tue, 2004-04-13 at 11:41, Sven Neumann wrote:
> Hi,
> Damon Chaplin <damon karuna uklinux net> writes:
> > Has there been any discussion on what people see as the biggest gaps in
> > GTK+? A lot of the items in the list might be nice, but aren't too
> > important.
> > 
> > But GTK+ doesn't have a cross-platform printing architecture, which I
> > think is almost essential. I suppose a cross-platform sound API is
> > needed as well. I think Qt has both.
> The fact that the Qt developers think that this would belong into a
> toolkit doesn't make this the right decision. Sound API and printing
> architecture are both readily available and I don't see any need to
> move this (huge) functionality into the toolkit. 

Are there any cross-platform printing or sound APIs developers can use?
Or are you suggesting developers use platform-specific code here? That
is one option, I suppose.

Though I don't think we even have a decent printing architecture on
Linux yet. gnome-print doesn't support Pango, so printing doesn't work
in many locales.

> GTK+ is about drawing user interfaces, let's keep it that way.

If we want to build the printing & sound libraries on top of GTK+ that
is fine. But I think they do need to be built, if we want to push GTK+
as a real cross-platform development toolkit.


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