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From: Alan Gutierrez (alan-boost_at_[hidden])
Date: 2004-12-29 22:57:27

* Brian Braatz <brianb_at_[hidden]> [2004-12-29 21:35]:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: boost-bounces_at_[hidden]
> [mailto:boost-bounces_at_[hidden]]
> > On Behalf Of Alan Gutierrez
> > Libs
> >
> > 1) Documents.
> >
> > Any new UI library without a flowing text strategy is doomed
> > to failure.
> >
> > Discuss.
> [Brian Braatz] ?????

    First, I pulled the topic suggestion off of the Wiki page.

> What is a flowing text strategy?

> Discuss!

    Most libraries are now working on having a solution to render
    text in paragraphs and columns. Users are now familiar with, and
    expect to see, hyperlinked documents.
    You don't need a full blown word processors, or web browser, but
    you need more than a "rich-text control". CSS defines different
    levels of what is expected.
    A UI library doesn't need to provide a CSS parser for a document
    renderer, just as one doesn't need to provide a RDBMS for a grid
    renderer, but one need to provide bi-directional flowing text.

    A UI library needs to see that rendering is not the same thing
    as layout. Layouts are a trick for rendering forms.

    Anyway, this discussion of window frames, and controls, it
    sounds like Visual Basic to me, and if that's all a Boost.GUI
    library want's to be, then it is nothing new.

Alan Gutierrez - alan_at_[hidden]

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