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Re: Gui Clients

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_newton.collab.net>
Date: 2001-01-30 03:25:37 CET

Kevin Pilch-Bisson <kevin@pilch-bisson.net> writes:

> I was thinking of taking a stab at a Java gui, and maybe a Qt/KDE Gui
> too, (depending on how energetic I feel), but I was thinking it would be
> good if they all look fairly uniform, so does anyone have any screen
> shots of what the Windows Gui looks like? You could either mail them to
> me or post them on the web somewhere.

Careful here... you hit the nail on the head when you say that they
should all look "uniform".

A couple of folks have started working on a Win32 gui, already checked
into the tree, and I've also started a Gnome/GTK gui (not checked in

I stopped working on the GTK gui, however, because my boss pointed out
that he'd rather have someone really sit down and *design* a single
uniform gui across all platforms. I agreed that he made sense, and
that we probably attack the problem more carefully than the "look what
I hacked together last night" approach. :)

Of course, this *is* an open-source project, and therefore the only
*real* rule is, "if you write good code, people will use it." It sort
of contradicts the whole `quietly-planned-design' paradigm.

So I'm not trying to discourage you: if you have the time, go for it!
But I think my request is a general one toward the subversion
developer community: I'd like to recommend that *all* the volunteers
interested in guis just sit down and start a real discussion about how
the gui should look and feel. The few of us being paid to work on SVN
full-time obviously can't devote any real time to helping the gui
implementations (our priority is the core functionality now); but I'd
love to see the gui folks come together with a real,
honest-to-goodness UI spec -- one that's well thought out. My biggest
fear is a slew of fly-by-night guis that all behave differently. :)
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:20 2006

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