Typesetting in LC -- Line Spacing
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Mon Dec 5 21:39:40 CET 2016
Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami wrote:
> " I wish there were a way to search all the release notes at once."
> ditto that!
> And it goes back to an older request I had (of course someone will
> say "you can build that yourself"
In an ideal world it would be great for the team to have time to do that.
In the world we live in, they'd have to take time away from other things
we ask them to do.
Which of the stuff they're working on would you like them to set aside
to do that?
Can you get enough other people to agree with such priorities so that
suspending the other work doesn't result in a lot of complaints the
If enough people see value in such a search index, why would they not
make one and let the engine team continue to work on the engine?
While we ponder that, here's the link to the v5.5 Release Notes, which
I've found to be the best one-stop-shopping for info on the new field
features added in that version:
And yes, I'd like to write the new manual section that incorporates that
and submit a pull request to have it become part of the manual that
ships with LC. But like the team and the other community members, I
have other obligations as well, so like the team and the other community
members I haven't done that yet.
But anyone sufficiently motivated with a few spare hours could do it.
> that the IDE should have a very robust text/layout/typsetting
> palette… so that newbies coming on board don’t feel this platform
> is unusable for "real classy" design work..
One of the great things about a toolkit like LC is that it goes so very
far beyond any other Xtalk, light years beyond HC, that it's completely
redefined our expectations.
In HC folks were happily clicking away without even any vector graphics
at all, very limited typography, and the only support for color was done
in an overlay through an external.
LC has done such a great job in delivering an engine so far more
capable, and for so many more platforms, and the team's done such a good
job with it that we take for granted that all that's somehow easy, and
that it should be equally easy to build UIs for the sorts of feature
sets commonly found only in drawing programs, page layout programs, and
many other categories far beyond a humble coder's IDE.
The team size at LC Ltd. may be finite, the our community need not be.
If we need scripted UIs for these sorts of enhancements, as scripters
we're well equipped to deliver them.
Why can't the UI you're describing be a plugin, perhaps liberally
licensed for all to use, share, and enhance?
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