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From: christopher diggins (cdiggins_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-02-18 12:42:28

Christopher Diggins
Object Oriented Template Library (OOTL)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Matthew Johnson" <musical.matthew_at_[hidden]>
To: <boost_at_[hidden]>
Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 7:52 PM
Subject: [boost] gui library

>I spent some time reading the archives regarding the gui project that was
>started towards the end of last year. Is that project still underway?
>What is the best way of keeping up with the status of it?
> Thanks,
> Matthew

Hi Matthew,

I have already started work individually on a GDI library using the Boost
Interfaces Library. Rather than tackling the big problem of GUI, I am first
trying to solve the subproblem of a generic GDI. I already have a working
prototype (a Logo style turtle-graphics library) to which I want to add some
more features before sharing it with the list.

My approach is to create a generic library based on interfaces which
requires an implementation adapter layer which implements a minimal set of
GDI primitive operations. This way a user can use the same drawing code
across different toolkits. There are so many GDI libraries (Win32 api, MFC,
VCL, wxWidgets, Motif, XLib, DirectX, OpenGL, Qt, ...) and I think it is
important to be able to use the same drawing code across different GDI

Afterwards I plan on later introducing an event handling library based on
interfaces, then a widget library, and finally tying all portions together
to create a big gui library.

Anyway, that's the plan for now. If there is interest in an interfaces
graphics library, I plan on maintaining discussion on this list. If the
group's preference is in another kind of library, I will simply continue
development on it for the OOTL library (the mailing list is at ).


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