[sword-devel] Re: Maps, etc
Thu, 12 Dec 2002 12:11:04 -0700 (MST)
On Thu, 12 Dec 2002, Martin Gruner wrote:
> > IMHO, PNG support along with PS or PDF support would be wonderful. PNG is
> > great for pictures and the like, and PS is great for scalable maps and
> > diagrams. It would work to our advantage to support multiple formats,
> > methinks.
> As Daniel already pointed out, this aint gonna happen until somebody goes
> ahead and takes charge of it.
To comment on both messages, I don't think anyone should take charge of
handling specific graphic format decoders/rasterizers or anything of that
sort. I think we need to move towards simply using good HTML renderers as
displays. GnomeSword & BibleTime probably already support much of the
functionality we should strive for.
Regarding formats, we should probably support PNG, JPEG, and SVG. I don't
feel PDF is particularly well suited to this task and I don't think we
should be incorporating PDF decoders in Sword. Mozilla supports all three
natively, so incorporating Mozilla as a control would be a good move, IMO.
Shortly, I'm going to begin some more serious work at doing this for
BibleCS because I would like to see us be able to use Graphite for
rendering (at least of Bibles) in the near term. (Another task for my
3-week vacation from school, I guess.)