Re: KDE Interop [Was: D-BUS background]

On Sunday 02 March 2003 09:31, Havoc Pennington wrote:
|  On Sat, Mar 01, 2003 at 04:55:27PM -0500, Miguel de Icaza wrote:
|  > It is pretty silly to ignore libxml's strength that it was born and
|  > nurtured first in the gnome world.  Same applies to orbit.
|  I should say that while some people are arguing we're taking the
|  technical wrong road in order to achieve interoperability, I'm not
|  saying that. IMO the D-BUS approach is also the right one technically,
|  on balance.

To clarify a little bit about libxml and FontConfig - AFAIK, most of libxml 
functionality is not needed to parse XML files used by FC.
expat is much more compact (smaller in size), and it does job quite well, 
that's why expat has been used instead of libxml.

|  > You could say that.  Or you could say that Fontconfig was a great
|  > technology that stood on its own.
|  Keith spent a *lot* of time asking people what they would be willing
|  to use, what they would need it to be like in order to use it. He also
|  provided patches for Qt, GTK, and Mozilla. i.e. it was not a
|  widely-acceptable technology by accident.

I agree with Havoc:  FontConfig is great because it has been designed with 
customers (Qt, GTK2, Mozilla) in mind.
Still, we don't have common solution for *printing*.
Font embedding & conversion is very important operation for modern Linux/UNIX 
desktop, and it's a pity that this is not addressed by system-level library.
I wish David Turner (of FreeType fame) could design&implement the library he 
was speaking about (which would handle those tasks), but it seems he is very 
limited on time nowdays, and just doesn't have time to work on it... :-(

|  Havoc

Best Regards,

Vadim Plessky
SVG Icons * BlueSphere Icons 0.3.0 released

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