[slightly OT]Re: rich text in Squeak
Dean_Swan at Mitel.COM
Dean_Swan at Mitel.COM
Thu Dec 18 17:39:00 UTC 2003
Please accept my apologies. I was completely ignoring the 'necessary
and/or sufficient' and RTF line of thought. To me 'lost' means 'became
extinct', so in that respect, NeXT didn't "lose". As far as the whole
'success of Squeak' thing goes, I don't think I'm nearly as passionate on
this topic one way or the other as other people are.
Regarding the whole RTF thing - RTF reading and writing would be nice, but
this has been done
example). I think a valid area of discussion would be that while Squeak
already includes richly formatted text capabilities, it can be quite
difficult for new users to find 'the way in'. The various tools have some
pretty disparate interfaces and sparse documentation, and even an
experienced Squeaker can find it a bit daunting reading through the code
to figure out how to use it. Is anybody interested in commenting on this
Bijan Parsia <bparsia at email.unc.edu>
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Subject: Re: [slightly OT]Re: rich text in Squeak
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 Dean_Swan at Mitel.COM wrote:
> Bijan Pasia wrote:
> >NEXT had RTF text widget support from the very start, plus a cool
> >Smalltalkesque development enviroment and...well...lost. I don't think
> >RTF support mattered significantly either way.
> Pardon my digression here, but Mac OS-X would seem to refute the claim
> that NeXT "lost." Probably the only 'significant' change is the
> substitution of Quartz for Display Postscript.
You're kidding, right?
The change was being bought by a vastly huger company with an enormous
installed base, and the top down imposed change, a very large rewrite of
big chunks, plus a migration strategy for old code. Plus, a big ole
marketing campaign. I seriously doubt that RTF had a bit to do with it.
I think MacOSX backward compatibily is a pretty freaking huge change.
If Squeak is picked up by Microsoft and imposed on everyone as the future
of Windows, then I'm sure we'll win too. In some sense. But not with the
mere addition of RTF!!!
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