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[xougen] con of server side widgets

From: William Lahti
Subject: [xougen] con of server side widgets
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 12:08:20 -0400
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How would we handle animated widgets on the server side?

For one process that also handles all X11 operations to sit and draw new 
pixmaps on _every_ widget on the screen is wasteful, and could prove 
difficult to implement... again, I don't think it would be bad if there were 
a dedicated widget server that produced a pixmap of a widget based on a list 
of properties. Then the client would enable backingstore on the widget and 
draw it. Then the server takes care of redrawing and the widget takes care of 
theming and whatever. Simple enough? We could begin doing this now, without 
any changes to the X server and get a very similiar result to adding a bunch 
of new code to it. The widget server could be distributed with Xouvert. I 
will volunteer, but is any one else interested? Im guessing you'll need to 
know C and socket programming (as well as some X stuff for using shared 
pixmaps if available). 

Truly, I don't see why this has to be inside the X server except for enforcing 
policy, which is something that X does not do. 

William Lahti, aka xfury
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