Re: Harmony + GNOME (Was: Re: C++)

Andreas Kostyrka wrote:

> On Wed, 22 Apr 1998, Joel Dillon wrote:
> > >
> > > Anyway, my .02. Summary: porting a cross platform toolkit to Gnome and
> > > using it sounds great to me; trying to emulate Gnome look and feel with
> > > some random X-only toolkit sounds a little silly, but no one will keep you
> > > from doing it.
> >
> >   Harmony isn't a wrapper. It's what you'd call a random X-only toolkit;
> > it's main aim is to make KDE a real GPL environment (currently RMS says
> > that its use of Qt violates the GPL). But it would also be nice if you
> > could write an app that was both gnome-compliant and KDE-compliant, or if
> You cannot by definition. All you need is a paragraph different in the
> style guide that mandates a different menu layout, or things about the
> feel of the app.
> > you could use Harmony to write gnome apps as well as KDE ones. Hence my
> > question here. But since noone's radically objected I guess we'll go ahead
> > with putting in gtk compatibility and see what people say when we have
> > more working.
> Again. Ideally you would be plug and play compatible with the upcoming
> themes, or you will never catch up. And if themes come, than ALL GNOME
> apps should change the look&feel of their standard widgets.

Delurking for a bit here....

Andreas has brought up a really good point here which has bothered me for a while
now.  Why, since theme support is currently being added to both Harmony and GTK,
can't both toolkits use the same theme format?  Sure, there are slight
differences in the widgets available in Harmony and GTK, but they're pretty
small, and in any case, I'm sure a unified theme format could be thought up.  In
fact, it might be possible to make some sort of generic "theme library" that
could be used by Harmony and GTK and whoever else wants to use it.  This would
enable even more X toolkits to achieve a higher level of GNOME compliance.  Maybe
some Harmony people and some GTK people should get together and try to cooperate
on this.

I guess it's time to don the proverbial asbestos suit.... :)

     - Eric (going back into his hole)

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