Re: [dev] Experimental editor

From: garbeam <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 10:01:59 +0100

On 18 June 2011 09:44, Robert Ransom <> wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Jun 2011 09:34:42 +0100
> garbeam <> wrote:
>> On 18 June 2011 09:21, pancake <> wrote:
>> > The plan for swk was to move all drawing stuff to draw.c at some point. I
>> > will be happy to hear from what you are writing for.
>> > I stopped writing it because i didnt wanted to reimplement a text editor
>> > stuff..
>> > But i think that conceptually swk can fit well in different emvironments
>> > like desktops or phones.. But it really need a rebump to emhace layouts.
>> > Another thing is that its redrawing everything all the time. There's no use
>> > of damaged areas or so. I was waiting for anselm here.
>> > I would like to hear from your project. It looks interesting and it can be a
>> > swk2..
>> Well, my swk conclusion is, that its interface as of now is some yet
>> another GUI TK interface with limitations, but not really what I have
>> concluded it should be.
>> I believe the most important aspect of a potential revised swk is,
>> that it should only be totally text based -- this limitation should be
>> good enough. Starting dealing with bitmaps etc. makes its purpose
>> blurry and might leat to the yet another GUI TK interface idea once
>> again.
>> The closest thing that came to my mind is this idea of seeing swk as a
>> curses replacement. With this, the clients that are written with it,
>> could also run perfectly fine in text mode, but if you have a
>> graphical environment at hand, the implementation could pack the UI
>> more efficiently into graphical use.
>> I really think, the inner workings of such a library should be cursor
>> based, in that regard it is a question of abstracting the cursor
>> movements into a drawing interface and to define higher level stuff
>> using this approach. So the basic thing is a monospaced matrix. This
>> could also be used for a terminal and of course editor...
> That library already exists -- it's called ‘pdcurses’.  We don't need
> more curses.

I did not intend to say it should be curses compliant as this would be
a nightmare. I was rather referring to the concept of being cursor and
matrix based in the core as this will make a very simple interface,
that can work across a range of devices.

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