Native OS Support [was Re: printRotated on Mac?]

Rob Cozens rcozens at
Thu Sep 16 22:41:10 EDT 2004

>>>I know it's a little off-topic, but every time I see a request like
>>>this I am reminded of how many feature requests would be unnecessary if
>>>RunRev supported a way to call the native OS toolboxes.

Quite a few, in my estimation.  I have suggested several times that 
support for a compiler symbol table to type variables, define & 
populate record structures, and identify OS calling syntax would 
allow savvy developers to do for themselves what they might otherwise 
need to request from RunRev

>>Please correct me if I'm wrong, but this can be done
>>via externals...

Externals are, well, EXTERNAL solutions requiring a second compiler 
and learning a different language syntax.  In my opinion, a native 
Transcript solution would be MUCH preferable to reliance on externals.
Rob Cozens, Staff Conservator
Mendonoma Marine Life Conservancy

"...three factors have forever altered the traditional ''freedoms''
  coincident with the hunter-gatherer way of life:

  * swift population increase...,
  * the rapid advance of technology, and, most influential &...dangerous of all,
  * a perverse, self-centered mind-set that shapes the character of 
many human actions"

Sylvia A. Earle, in Sea Change

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