more platforms

Dr. T.C. Zhao (
Thu, 21 Nov 1996 22:59:41 -0600

To subscribers of the xforms list from "Dr. T.C. Zhao" <> :

Thanks to David Mathog (, xforms
is now available for OpenVMS/alpha from

Also the Change file since last release V0.81. Public testing
version of the next release probably will happen sometime
early next year.

o. xyplot
added grid options
added options to have a fixed plotting area
added alphanumerical tic marks
added overlay_file
added plot line thickness
added clear_xyplot
better log tic generator
a few fixes (overlay not plotted immediately, overlay conflicts with
active plot, overflow of world -> screen mapping,
linestyle persistence)
o. dial
changed + direction from CCW to CW
changed default zero from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock

o. timer
count-up timer
suspend and resume
filter for timer output (so you can print the time in whatever
format you want)

o. fdesign
better response
basically can be operated with one mouse button. Left mouse
can be used to add, scale, move, clone objects.
implemented external filter hooks for ada,perl,python and fortran
initialization of some objects from within fdesign (e.g.,
slider initial value etc.)
Undo for Align

o. browser
fixed a double click problem (returns when clicked on the scrollbar)
more efficient drawing of fl_deselect_browser
horizontal scrollbars.
better vertical scrollbars (more solid look & feel)
Added fl_addto_browser_chars - append chars (with or without nl)
Removed fl_set_browserr_leftslider. It just doesn't look right (no
pun intended) with the horizontal scrollbar
o. slider
o. menu
fixed initial mode problem.
o. choice
fixed a memory problem with deleting items.
o. input
added DATE_INPUT (mm/dd/yyyy or dd/mm/yyyy)
Added horizontal and vertical scrollbars for multipline input.
better paste from X Selection
better validator handling.

o. goodies
a utility to log stdout/stderr of a shell command to a

o. general
fl_set_font_name returns int, <0 indicates bad font.
fixed group hiding/showing so it will not flicker.
enhanced robustness of some of the macros
fl_deactivate_object works for canvas
documented some previously undocumented functions.
Added to FL_FORMS structure a new member fdui that gets
set to the FD_ structure by fdesign.

o. manual
change bars for major modifications since V0.81

Top of the todo list:
more testing of the new version.
document the new features.
bug fixes as they are discovered

In no particular order, may not get implemented before next release:
menu bar type of interaction where you don't have to release
the mouse to take a peek of other menus.
tabbed folder
scrolled canvas
image canvas

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