borders easy, shading hard (was Re: Upcoming releases)

Subject: borders easy, shading hard (was Re: Upcoming releases)
From: Paul Rohr (
Date: Mon Mar 12 2001 - 17:50:49 CST

Smells like a POW to me. :-) Would any of the self-styled GR_Graphics
folks on the list be willing to write this up?


PS: Did anyone ever figure out what the relevant CSS properties for this
dialog would be, or will we need to invent some new ones?

At 10:31 AM 3/13/01 +1100, Martin Sevior wrote:
>On Mon, 12 Mar 2001, Paul Rohr wrote:
>> >I intentionally removed the Border and shading dialog from non-debug
>> >It's there if someone wants to do it, but I don't consider it 1.0
>> OK. I just wanted to make sure that anyone who wanted to defend (and
>> presumably implement) that feature knew that it was on the chopping
>> Speak now or forever hold your peace.
>> >and probably more work than it is worth.
>> What makes it so bad? Getting a complex XP preview implemented for the
>> dialog, or acually adding the drawing logic to the formatter? If it's the
>> latter, which is worse -- weird line styles or shading the backgrounds?
>Well for a start there is no backend code to implement any of this. In the
>case of "shading" I think there would be some degree of complexity in
>getting the background to match after a clearScreen operation. Currently
>our clearScreen just paints over the selected region. For a shading
>operation we would have to match the background pattern otherwise we'll
>get discontinuities at the boundaries. This will lead to weird
>rectangular regions around text in the shaded paragraphs.
>This can be done but someone has to spend the time to work out an
>algorithim to do it (or find time to dissect Open Office and steal their
>Borders is more tractible and I was actually thinking of
>implementing a stripped down "Borders" dialog which would draw solid lines
>around paragraphs. I want this so our headers and footer can have a solid
>line under/over them with:
>4.2 Implementation Details 12
>We have a collection of Linux Workstations for our Computational Physics
>classes and it would please me no end to have my students write up their
>reports in AbiWord.
>Judging from past years they're addicted to these sort of Headers.
>Anyway I know just how to make Headers like this Just Work it's a matter
>of priorities as to whether I work on them now or later.

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