[Desktop_printing] Gtk+ Printing Dialog

Kurt Pfeifle k1pfeifle at gmx.net
Tue Jan 31 13:14:02 PST 2006


On Wednesday 25 January 2006 11:52, Kai-Uwe Behrmann wrote:

> Alexander,
> 
> is the Gtk+ code intented to work inside Gtk only? 
> Could you make it possible, to turn the planed printing dialog into 
> something generic, useable for other toolkits as well? Maybe this can be 
> achieved by modularising. So toolkit specific things are separate.
> 
> A unified dialog would be a chance to bring the printing behaviour in 
> sync and take the desktop as one coordinated product.

I do not think we can have a fully "unified" printing dialog as long
as we rely on different toolkits...  ( "we" == KDE and Gnome)

But I *do* think it is a very good idea to try and make the actual user 
interfaces of the KDE and the Gnome printing dialogs (and any other 
important desktop application who wants to participate -- Mozilla/Firefox, 
OpenOffice,...) as similar as possible in layout and logic for the users'
workflows.

Maybe we can start a joint workgroup/project for that during the summit
meeting?

> Applictions like Scribus, Inkscape, Krita, Gimp, CinePaint should all 
> behave in a similiar way. A common effort between KDE, Gnome, FLTK ...
> developers would be much appreciated.

Agreed.

> Each of the above applications has  
> unique features, which will not be copied easily. 

Possibly they will also need to keep these unique and special features
for their specialist user base's printing requirements?

But still, an interesting and rewarding effort would be to derive all 
the special from one common and unified GUI layout, that leaves open
(and invites) a way to add and extend for special features that are
easy to access for power users (or make them even the defaults for 
users who want it) without getting into the way of "avarage" users 
like ESR's Aunt Tillie. 

> Adobe's CreativeSuite is a good example, how a group of appliations can 
> work close together.

I need to find out about that. Never saw it so far...

I'll have to read up on the gtk-devel-list archives. Maybe I'll have
more comments later.

> regards
> Kai-Uwe Behrmann

Cheers,
Kurt



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