ANNOUNCE - graphics package

Luke Gorrie <>
Tue Jan 20 10:54:30 CET 2004


Peter-Henry Mander <> writes:

> I'd like to apply Occam's razor, and try to define the absolute
> minimum basic characteristics that widgets must have to enable more
> sophisiticated and specialised widgets to be created as an
> additional layer of s/w over the basic widget set.

It is in vain to do with widgets that which can be done without ;-)

More seriously, the job of a user-interface is to interface with a
user. This doesn't have to involve widgets. Today most widget-based
GUIs are much less programmable and hacker-friendly than Emacs,
Acme/Wily, /bin/sh, etc. It isn't obvious that widgets or
widget-drawing primitives are the best axiom for a user interface.

How about hacking an Erlang UI that lets us do things in a new way?
Certainly sounds like a job for Joe to me :-)

-Luke




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