Re: [gtk-list] Re: GtkText
- From: Bradford Hovinen <hovinen udel edu>
- To: gtk-list redhat com
- Subject: Re: [gtk-list] Re: GtkText
- Date: Wed, 15 Dec 1999 16:44:53 -0500 (EST)
On Wed, 15 Dec 1999, Andy Kahn wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 15, 1999 at 11:42:41PM +1100, Neil Hodgson wrote:
> > > Are there any replacement for GtkText?
> > > I need a text widget with working scrollbars and better syntax
> > > highlightign
> > There are several GTK+ text editing widgets that you may wish to look at:
> > GtkEditor http://www.daimi.au.dk/~mailund/gtk.html
> > GtkExText http://www.bahnhof.se/~mikeh/linux_software.html
> > Scintilla http://www.scintilla.org
> Unfortunately, the first two are still based on the original GTK text
> widget, so they also inherit all the problems associated with it. The
> last one (Scintilla), is written in C++ and in it's current form, is
> more of an application as opposed to a reusable widget.
Hmmm... I just downloaded and took a look at Scintilla. It looks like its
text edit widget is far in advance of GtkText in many ways (especially in
that it supports horizontal scrolling). Since the Gtk+ project needs a new
text edit widget, why not just take that, port it to C (shouldn't be too
hard since all the Gtk+ stuff is written in C) and patch it into Gtk+ as a
GtkText replacement? It would eliminate the necessity of reinventing the
wheel by writing a new text edit widget from scratch. It still needs a bit
of work, most noteably in the area of reducing flicker and improving
selection support, but to do so would be far easier than a completely new
I would be happy to take on that effort if the idea is to the satisfaction
of all involved.
"Prudence is a rich, ugly old maid courted by Incapacity."
- William Blake, "Proverbs of Hell," 1793
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