Re: Future developement, GtkUIManager XML Question?

On Wed, 23 Feb 2005, Lars Clausen wrote:

Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2005 01:26:58 +0100 (CET)
From: Lars Clausen <lars raeder dk>
Reply-To: discussions about usage and development of dia
    <dia-list gnome org>
To: discussions about usage and development of dia <dia-list gnome org>
Subject: Re: Future developement, GtkUIManager XML Question?

Alan Horkan sagde:

The below extract from Bugzilla suggests the possibility of moving to
The API describes GtkUIManager as "Constructing menus and toolbars from an
XML description".

I'm just wondering if we were to move to an XML system for the user
interface why not go the next step and use Glade like Gnumeric and Abiword

Presumably there are downsides I'm not seeing but it isn't obvious
to me so please do let me know.

Does the phrase "total rework of the entire user interface" sound

I was thinking of something more gradual than that statement implies.

I think not, not when we're aiming to stabilize for 1.0 eventually.

Perhaps after 1.0

GtkUIManager seems like it is a straightforward change of an already
fairly systematic part of Dia.  And even that I have at fairly low

this makes sense, no problem.

bug fixes and my short list of features way higher.

Changing a half-dozen hand-crafted and carefully debugged UI designs
into autogenerated stuff is no easy task.  We've had one part already
generated by Glade, and it wasn't bugfree, far from it.

Depending on when 1.0 was due I was hoping to take a crack at replacing
all the PushButtons with CheckBoxes before then and I think there are a
lot more user interface changes that could bring Dia more in line with the
Gnome Human Interface Guidelines.  That doesn't need Glade but I thought
it might make some aspects of it easier to manage.

I'd like to believe Glade is a lot better now than it was and that the
horror stories are a thing of the past.  The hope would be that Glade
would reduce the requirement for hand crafting and and make it easier a
wider group of people to help.

Clearly there is a lot of hostility to Glade.
I'll not mention it again (at least not until after 1.0 or I'm in a
better position to do most of the work required).

- Alan H.

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