Re: word processor document format: what parts?
- From: Todd Graham Lewis <tlewis mindspring net>
- To: "J. Patrick Narkinsky" <patrick narkinsky ml org>
- cc: gnome-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: word processor document format: what parts?
- Date: Sun, 20 Sep 1998 15:26:44 -0400 (EDT)
On Sun, 20 Sep 1998, J. Patrick Narkinsky wrote:
> This is bolded text
> This is italic text
> This is bold/italic text
> Obviously, the above is a trivial example.
Don't forget the case of:
This is bolded text
This is </bold> italic text
This is bold/</italic>italic text
Also, one interesting thought which I had was to have a default page
style, such that one could do:
This is <size=18>some sized text, and<size=normal> this is normal
Just a little nugget to throw out.
I, too, have been struggling with the centrality of the editing component.
I am trying to figure out how not to make it one big opaque mushball,
and it is proving hard to do. Again, I was thinking of having a very
simple document widget which only does the minimum; if you want to insert
a footnote, then an external footnote-insertion widget walks the document
widget through doing it. (By widget, I mean it in the classical sense
of something undefined, not in the narrow X sense.) The parts which I see
as _having_ to be in the editing widget are:
- ownership of the document as private data only accessible
through high-level accessor functions
- actual editing; text insertion as opposed to adding document
Parts which I think can be external are:
- document import/export/saving; just push/pull to/from the doc
- markup interfaces. Changing the font to bold can and should be
done by an external part that calls a
change_style( (style)bold, (selection)current_selection);
on the document. No need to hard-code the interface for
those parts into the editing widget; that should be done
on the front end.
- other stuff; it's still hazy to me.
I would love to read what other people's read on this is.
Since I am going to a wedding in an hour and flying to California for
a week in five hours, I don't think that I will be able to make much
progress on this any time soon. You can rest easy for a few days,
Todd Graham Lewis 32°49'N,83°36'W (800) 719-4664, x2804
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