Libglade [was Re: GNOME HIG and libglade2]

This thread on the abiword mailing list was discussing how moving to using
libglade2 it would make it much easier to maintain.

The comments from Jody Goldberg (included) below convince me of how good
idea this is.

At least in principle this seems like a senisible longer term goal,
perhaps post 1.0.  Any objections (read the thread first though please)?


Alan Horkan

On Tue, 4 Feb 2003, Jody Goldberg wrote:

Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 22:56:57 -0500
From: Jody Goldberg <jody gnome org>
To: abiword-dev abisource com
Subject: Re: GNOME HIG and libglade2

On Tue, Feb 04, 2003 at 04:01:56PM -0800, Dom Lachowicz wrote:
I also tend not to want more library dependencies.
What about adding this stuff only for the Gnome

This defeats the proposed purposes for using glade.

Adding a 100k library dependancy for these purposes
should not be construed as bloat.

I'll chime in to agree with Dom on this.  libglade is a nice
lightweight library on top of gtk and libxml.  All of the gnome
elements are optional so there is no worry about pulling in the rest
of gnome.  Its benefits are significant.  Having the dialogs in xml
makes layout tweakage via the glade gui much easier than tweaking
the generated code.

It also allows non coders access to the UI.  As an example, I've
seen UI folk go through and 'polish' dialogs, adding padding and
tweaking the layout.  In Gnumeric I regularly get patches to improve
consistency or HIG compliance of glade based dialogs.

It is a powerful tool for anything using gtk.

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