[Clipart] Re: svg shell extension
Christian Fredrik Kalager Schaller
uraeus at linuxrising.org
Wed Feb 16 06:12:00 PST 2005
Caleb Moore has just completed (some polish remaining) a re-work of
librsvg in CVS allowing the use of different backends than libart. The
main reason for this was to be able to add a Cairo backend.
What would be great at this point would be if you would be interested in
dropping xsvg and instead help out with librsvg, especially the Cairo
I think it would be advantageous to all as it would provide much better
SVG specification support than the current xsvg (as there been a lot of
fixes and additions added to librsvg since the time of your fork) and
it would help librsvg get a better Cairo back-end quicker as neither Dom
nor Caleb is that familiar with Cairo currently while you are.
Can't help but feel it would be an utter waste of time if you spent time
on xsvg repeating the work Dom and Caleb have been doing on improving
spec coverage while Dom and Caleb spends time trying to figure out how
to use Cairo with its currently limited docs, when a unified effort
would get us all there much quicker. Since librsvg is already used by
Nautilus and many GNOME games it would also more quickly provide a good
testing ground for Cairo compared to apps needing to either adding
optional xsvg support or porting over.
On Wed, 2005-02-16 at 08:34 -0500, Carl Worth wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Feb 2005 08:45:38 +0000, Andy Burns wrote:
> > I'd looked at cairo itself (v0.3 not cvs) and it didn't seem to have a
> > win32 backend,
> Yes, the win32 stuff did land just after the 0.3 snapshot.
> Hmm... and we're about to do some huge changes to all of the cairo
> API. Maybe I should make a snapshot to let you play with the win32
> backend before the big API shakeup.
> > I saw mention of win32 on it's mailing list but it seemed
> > to be only a few days/weeks old and still with some unsettled
> > differences of opinion.
> There are some differences of opinion on how the win32 backend should
> be implemented, but what is in CVS should actually be functional,
> (modulo a memory leak patch that needs to be applied), and I think
> we're happy with the interface, (which simply accepts an HDC).
> > Is MinGW required or will VC++ compile it?
> I don't know. I'll ask Owen to create a win32 page in the cairo wiki
> with some of these details.
> > Actually what I need *is* an off-screen bitmap which I have to return to
> > explorer as a HBITMAP, I don't get asked to draw direct to screen.
> Ah, that's too bad. Well, we do have an image backend that you should
> be able to use just fine then, (and it is in the 0.3.0 snapshot).
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