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Date: 2003-07-19 (15:38)
From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Roadplan for world domination (or constructive criticism of ocaml facilities)
On Fri, Jul 18, 2003 at 04:21:14PM -0500, Chris Clearwater wrote:
> - Support on win32 could certainly be much better

Yes! OCaml works really well out of the box on my Debian GNU/Linux
machines, but it's a world of pain on Windows.

A binary mingw distribution including common packages (lablgtk!)
would help here.

> - There exists much fragmentation among usage of different GUI toolkits
>   and they are limited to C/C++ conventions. (Is it possible to create your
>   own custom GTK widgets within ocaml?)

It's possible to create compound widgets, although it's not simple and
obvious how to do it. There's a bit in my tutorial about doing
this. For creating an actual new widget I would be tempted to use a
drawing area as the basis. Not perhaps the most pure approach, but
fairly easy as the drawing area exposes all the events you need.

> 7) Create a cross-platform Font module (wrap freetype or create an Ocaml
> implementation). Include this in the standard distribution.

Camlimages wraps freetype, but obviously this is not cross-platform.


Richard Jones.
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