Appearance Manager

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Sun Nov 26 12:53:06 EST 2006

Jan Schenkel wrote:
> The "Appearance Manager" is just like any other
> lookAndFeel - the engine may hand off the drawing of
> the controls to the operating system instead of
> drawing those with its internal routines....

...with one critical distinction:  No operating system other than 
Apple's has anything called an "Appearance Manager".  In fact, I'm not 
even sure if recent implementations of OS X do either.

When XP came along, the "Appearance Manager" token became extended to 
also specify OS-native lookAndFeel for that platform, even though the 
token makes no sense in that OS.  Presumably when Rev adopts support for 
GDK it'll use the same token for those OS-native appearances, further 
decaying any useful meaning the term "Appearance Manager" may have once had.

So as long as we're on the subject, it would be simpler and less 
confusing to depricate "Appearance Manager" in favor of a more universal 
token, maybe something like "native".

Anyone know if this is in BZ?  If not, I'll gladly add it.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Media Corporation
  Ambassador at

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