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Re: GNUstep on Cygwin

From: Fred Kiefer
Subject: Re: GNUstep on Cygwin
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 12:29:30 +0100
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With savannah up and working again I was able to submit my changes to the windows backend. It would be great, if some developers could give it a try over the next few days. There are still a lot of open issues:

- The font enumeration code is a bit of a mess. This is only partly due to myself. The windows way of handling fonts will for ever stay a mistery to me. With the GDI interface there is no way to really find out about the font families, that is get the name of one.

- Here the GDI+ interfaces could help. And contrary to my privious claim there is a standard C interface for these C++ classes. The problem is, that Cygwin doesn't come with headers for them. So we either have to write these headers ourselves (any volunteer?) or must use the ones from Microsoft. The later may raise licencing problems I don't want to face.

- Even without GDI+ there are a few better functions to handle bitmaps, for example AlphaBlend. This require additonal libraries to be linked with the backend bnundle and will only work for WINVER >= 500. Now our current make environment doesn't have WINVER defined at all. Does anybody know, if there is already an Automake macro for this? Otherwise I could write a small script.

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