[plt-scheme] Some PLT environment issues

From: Scott McLoughlin (scott at adrenaline.com)
Date: Tue Oct 27 11:17:15 EDT 2009

Pity about the wxWindows fork.  It's really become a very nice and rich GUI


Robby Findler wrote:
> Not to be a killjoy, but the devil is in the details indeed.
> The wxWindows thing you mention (is a pretty infrequent) faq; I think
> that there are more careful in the list archives. The short version:
> no we can't take newer versions of wxWindows; we branched a long long
> time ago and integrating the changes is difficult (nearly impossible)
> for various technical reasons.
> As far as the other aspect of your comments, we did try implementing
> our own browser for rendering the documentation, but it was a lot of
> work and we could never keep up with people's complaints (and their
> comparison to their actual browsers). So we stopped doing that and
> life got much better. I seriously doubt we'd even consider going back.
> Of course (and this applies equally well to your other comments),
> please feel free to do any of that stuff and contribute it to the
> project. Our only source of funding is research funding (and, of
> course, the products of that is research), so if you had a few
> millions (or tens of millions) you wanted to throw at the problem,
> that would also help.
> Robby
> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 9:56 AM, Scott McLoughlin <scott at adrenaline.com> wrote:
>> I may be mistaken, but I believe that wxWindows (used
>> by PLT, yes?) already has both a very nice "rich text"
>> control and a credible HTML rendering control, I'd
>> presume more than good enough to render text, fonts,
>> some color and the occasional JPG image.  Hmmm, I think
>> I even have an older version of the wxWindows demo
>> program somewhere on my disk, so I might get around
>> to checking today.  IIRC, th wxWindows framework
>> made it very easy to put nearly anything inside of a
>> tab control. But again, the the devils in the details,
>> I understand.
>> Scott
>> Jens Axel Søgaard wrote:
>> 2009/10/27 Scott McLoughlin <scott at adrenaline.com>:
>> 3) Spawning the browser to view the docs is fine, but really, just as
>> easy these days  is providing an HTML tab for viewing the hyperlinked
>> documentation.
>> The only complication here is, that PLT is a cross platform project,
>> so it is a requirement that the browser component works on
>> Windows, OS X and Linux. The last time we looked for a library
>> to use, we couldn't find anything approriate, so it was decided
>> to spawn a standard browser instead.
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