Re: About dialog API / extensibility

A Qui, 2003-05-08 s 22:06, Matthias Clasen escreveu:
> On Thu, 2003-05-08 at 18:51, Gustavo J. A. M. Carneiro wrote:
> >   Please, someone take a serious look at
> >
> > 
> >   What's the point on making the about dialog take a dozen arguments. 
> > Why not make it extensible instead?  Surely you realize how
> > fundamentally flawed this hard-coded dialog is.  You cannot guess every
> > possible field an application author might want to add in the future,
> > and for every new field the library wants to support there will be API
> > incompatibility.
> Extensibility and simplicity are somewhat conflicting goals for a
> convenience API like this dialog. My goal when developing whats
> currently proposed in #80468 was to make it flexible enough to meet the
> needs of most apps while keeping it simple. The proposal is already more
> flexible than GnomeAbout (it includes website, license, artists), but
> not endlessly extensible. If you need that, you can use GtkDialog
> directly - although we could make it a bit easier to create a
> GtkAboutDialog lookalike by separating the "link-like button" into a
> separate widget (GtkHref...) and replace the auto-linkification for the
> text views by a suitable tag. 
> Commenting more specifically on your custom-page proposal, I think it is
> not really suitable to arbitrary information pages to that notebook. 
> The subdialog is called "Credits", not "Credits and other info". Thats
> also the reason why I decided to put the license in a separate
> subdialog.
> >   I have already mentioned this before, but have been ignored.  At the
> > very least, someone tell me I'm wrong, or that I should come up with a
> > patch, but say something.  Thanks!
> You have not been ignored. I have commented earlier that I think that
> this extensibility idea is not suitable for GtkAboutDialog. Instead I
> have incorporated your "Artwork" example into the proposal...

  This is why thought I had been ignored.  You do not "reply to all", so
your mail got filtered to the gtk-devel list folder, and I must have
missed it.  I almost missed this one too, if I hadn't changed the
subject line.

  OK, as long as you are aware of the problems, I'm not going to
insist.  I just think that these decisions have to be made with as much
information as possible, so I was passing along my thoughts on this.


Gustavo Joo Alves Marques Carneiro
<gjc inescporto pt> <gustavo users sourceforge net>

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