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From: Andy Little (andy_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-08-18 23:42:45

"Reece Dunn" <msclrhd_at_[hidden]> wrote
> I am currently designing a GUI framework in C++ (initially targeting the
> Windows platform) that uses a model similar to that which Java uses in
> AWT and Swing libraries. Specifically:

> I would appreciate comments and ideas as to what people would like out of
> GUI framework, especially one that will be multi-platform.

I am currently looking into GUI but from the point of view of drawing whats
in a window.
One major issue with Windows SDK is spending a lot of time figuring out
whether device or logical units are required.
It seems a natural application for my physical quantities library. So
instead of saying:

DeviceContext dc;
int x,y;

One could say:

DeviceContext dc;
length::mm x,y;

Although I am more keen on an object approach as below, more like windows

Another issue is the local coordinate system, so I am trying to look at how
to make that more user friendly too:

// A container for the drawing
Drawing drawing<Rectangle>;

// set drawing to "graphics" direction
drawing.set_direction(x_increasing_right(), y_increasing_up());

printer printer = GetPrinter();
// synchronise printers way of looking at things with drawing

//ok should get sane values
//get paper size for printing
Rectangle<length::mm> paper_size = printer.get_paper_size();
drawing.rectangle = paper_size;

GraphicLayer border_layer; // a layer representing border for drawing
// sync border_layer direction with drawing

length::mm left_border(10);
length::mm right_border = left_border;
typedef length height; // easy reading
height::mm top_border(10);
height::mm bottom_border(15);

//points representing the border
point<length::mm> first(left_border, bottom_border);
point<length::mm> second(paper_size.width - right_border, bottom_border);
point<length::mm> third(paper_size.width - right_border, paper_size.height -
point<length::mm> fourth(left_border, paper_size.height - top_border);

typedef length width;
Pen pen(width::mm(0.2),color(BLACK),style(continuous));
border_layer << line(first,second,pen) << line(second,third,pen)
<< line(third,fourth,pen) << line(fourth,first,pen);

// add the layer to the drawing
drawing << border_layer;

TextLayer text_layer;
// sync text layer with drawing solely for purposes
// of getting correct origin offset in drawing
Font font ("Times New Roman",height::mm(7),width::mm(0));
text_layer.set_origin(left_border,-(paper_size.height - top_border-
// now set direction to text mode
text_layer.set_direction(x_increasing_right(), y_increasing_down());

//... play text into text layer
point(left_border,font.height) start_text;
Text text(start_text,font,"Hello
World",color(BLACK),increasing_right(),increasing_up(),of_angle::deg(0) );
drawing << text;
text.x += text.length ;
drawing >> printer;

Or something like that, then of course theres time and velocity for moving
things about in real time :-)

Andy Little

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