Re: Multiple [named] textbox items in shape definition
From: Lars Clausen <lrclause cs uiuc edu>
To: dia-list gnome org
Subject: Re: Multiple [named] textbox items in shape definition
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 00:31:23 -0500
On 25 Aug 2003, email@example.com wrote:
> On Mon, 25 Aug 2003 07:09 , Lars Clausen <firstname.lastname@example.org> sent:
> Once 0.92 is out, the next version will feature a totally
>> different text edit system with a separate text edit mode that would
>> allow for multiple editable fields in an object among other things. I
>> hope you can wait that long. I'm looking at the last patches to go into
>> 0.92 right now, and expect to send out a pre1 maybe later this week,
>> maybe next week.
> Thanks Lars. Do you mean to say that the next version *after* 0.92 will
> have it, or that 0.92 is this "next version" that will have it? That is,
> will the 0.92-pre1 coming in the next couple weeks include the ability to
> have multiple edit boxes per shape?
Should have been more clear perhaps. 0.93 is slated to have this.
> I'd like to see the new shape DTD, example shape XML files, and/or the
> new "custom-shapes" document, if it's not too much trouble. I think we
> can wait a little while for the functionality, but we would like to know
> as soon as possible how closely it will meet our needs.
We have none such yet. Since the DTD doesn't specify that there's only one
textbox per shape, I doubt it's going to change. Your own multi-textbox
files would probably (hopefully) work. The custom-shapes document will be
updated when something for it changes.
> I hope you don't mind me asking, but are there open-source or inexpensive
> alternatives to Dia that I should consider? I have looked at Xfig,
> Sketch, and Scribus, and none of them seem to support object
> "connections". I am doing ladder logic work, and inter-object connections
> are required to be able to process the diagram and build the equations. I
> don't mind spending some money, but we need to get away from Visio and
> Microsoft's closed and bulky file format. My platform is Win2k.
Take a look at the Links page found on our homepage. Xfig does allow
'smart links,' which is kinda the same, I just really hate the interface.
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