rich text in Squeak
tblanchard at mac.com
Fri Jan 2 04:10:55 UTC 2004
On Dec 31, 2003, at 11:39 AM, Tim Rowledge wrote:
> The folks at Acorn took a very different approach
> to Apple; they concluded (correctly) that they were going to have to
> live in a heterogenous world and so made their system friendly to
> almost all others. Apple took the view that only their stuff was 'real'
> and made it very difficult to work with other platforms. I suppose that
> has improved a bit with OSX recently.
It has - quite a lot. The use of rtf as the rich text format and the
fact that the system text editor widget understands how to read and
write it makes it a relatively ubiquitous format on OS X. Furthermore,
this is a huge interop plus as MSWord on both Macs and Windows treat
rtf files as more or less first class citizens. IOW, when asked for a
Word file, I just send rtf that I've edited with TextEdit and nobody
seems to notice.
> I'd say it is an interesting lesson to us; _if_ we want to be able to
> work with other systems _then_ we need to creat importer and exporter
> capabilities. Of course, that may not be what we want in life. YMMV.
Well, Squeak purports to be a multimedia platform. RTF is a pretty
common media type.
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