Musings on an Erlang GUI System.

david wallin <>
Fri Feb 14 18:21:12 CET 2003


On Friday, February 14, 2003, at 04:30 PM, Eric Merritt wrote:

>>
>> Except for Java, where SWING has support for
>> different themes
>> built in, I don't know how the toolkits achieve this
>> flexiblity.
>> KDE 3.1 looks very different from KDE 3, and it is
>> probably
>> not qt but some KDE components that allow this theme
>> support.
>
>   Mutable render wouldn't be to difficult at the root
> level. Changing colors/pixmaps via some type of config
> would be simple.
>
>> Today the quality level has risen, compared to the
>> old GUIs. One needs to provide alpha blending,
>> anti-aliasing
>> and top looking fonts, perhaps usage of available
>> hardware accelerator graphics cards.
>> It seems to move towards the quality level that is
>> used by
>> desktop publishing software.
>> The Flash engine for web apps is such an example.
>
>  I think this argues for using opengl as the base
> rendering library. There still needs to be a custom
> wrapper for the screens, glut is poorly liscensed for
> this, also it hasn't really been developed for several
> years. Maybe there is a better replacement out there
> to handle the windowing and keyboard/mouse events. hmm.

There's a GLUT implementation licensed under the MIT license available 
at:

http://freeglut.sourceforge.net/

Also, this might be of interest:

http://www.nigels.com/glt/glui/

cheers,

--david.




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