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Date: 2000-02-22 (10:51)
From: Jacques Garrigue <garrigue@k...>
Subject: Re: Preferred GUI Toolkit for O'Caml 3?
From: Thorsten Ohl <>

> I soon have to do major surgery (= an almost complete rewrite) on a
> graphical user interface, currently in O'CamlTK.
> Since retargeting to incompatible GUIs is such a boring job, I'd like
> to hear which toolkit do you see in your tea leafs as the future
> toolkit of choice?

I answer for the two libraries I'm concerned with.

>    -  LablTK     [ (+) more convenient than O'CamlTK
>                    (+) part of O'Caml 2.99 ]

This is now an integral part of the ocaml distribution, available on
both Unix and Windows (in ocaml 3.00). The interface should be stable
in the future, making it a good choice if portability and
maintainability matter.

>    -  lablgtk    [ same a mlgtk, plus
>                    (-) still beta
>                    (+) appears(!) to have the slickest API ]

Beta does mainly mean that it may undergo API changes in the future.
It is already good enough for writing applications. The next version
will also support Windows.
This is a good choice if appearance matters, and you are ready to
eventually suffer a bit with API changes.


Jacques Garrigue      Kyoto University     garrigue at
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