Re: Gnome Office [Re: Dublin meeting]

From: Francis James Franklin (
Date: Sun Jun 22 2003 - 05:41:38 EDT

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    On Saturday, June 21, 2003, at 07:24 PM, Petr Tomasek wrote:
    > Well, there is one problem with AbiWord (as I can see it): the plugins.
    > Actually it would be much clearer to have abiword divided into
    > 'abiword' and 'abiword-lib' (or 'abiword' and 'abiword-devel' parts, or
    > even: 'abiword-lib', 'abiword-lib-devel' and 'abiword') - plus
    > 'abiword-plugins' depending on 'abiword-lib'.
    > And yes, this would make it quite easy to develop separate
    > abiword-plugins without having to recompile
    > the whole source of abiword - it would just use the abiword library
    > and header files.

    You don't have to recompile the whole source of abiword. To build the
    plugins all you need (on linux, anyway - Darwin needs the application
    also) are the headers, and certainly it would be possible to create an
    abiword-devel package consisting only of abi's headers.

    > However it's
    > a question, how much overhead would it be separating the library from
    > abiword...

    Serious pain; not really worth the effort.

    Which is not to say creating a library out of a subset of abi's classes
    isn't a good idea. The abibits module does this for MacOSX/Cocoa and
    I've been using it as the back-end of my HanAbi application.

    Regards, Frank

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