[XForms] New release XForms 1.0.91

Jens Thoms Toerring jt at toerring.de
Sat Nov 22 15:46:54 EST 2008

To subscribers of the xforms list

Hi everybody,

   as threatend I have uploaded a new release of XForms, 1.0.91.
You can download it from


I hope that this is another step on the rather long-winded road to
the 1.1.0 version and I would like to thank all of you for contri-
buting code and bug fixes, send bug reports or made suggestions!
Very special thanks go to Angus Leeming and Jean-Marc Lasgouttes
who both did a lot of excellent work I then could continue from.

   There are a few cosmetic changes compared to the last pre-release,
mostly to silence a few compiler warnings (gcc 4.3.2 is a bit more
picky than the older version I was using before). I hope that I did
not break anything essential with these minor changes...

   With the new release out I guess we should take a look at what's
needed on the further road to 1.1.0. I have three points that I think
could be interesting:

a) Make the documentation available in a useful format and work in
   the changes that have been made in the code
b) UTF-8 support
c) Support for TrueType fonts

I guess I will start with a) as soon as possible since I feel that
a library without proper documentation is rather useless. As I al-
ready wrote a few days ago I am still undecided about the format.
I got the suggestion via private email to use a Wiki. While that
looks like a good solution I am a bit concerned where we could host
a Wiki and if there are enough people prepared to make sure it won't
get vandalized. There is also the question if it's possible to get a
nicely printed version out of it (but maybe it's only me that likes
printed documentation nowadays, so that isn't necessarily a relevant
argument). If someone has thoughts about all that please let me know.

Points b) and c) are from my personal wishlist but I don't know how
relevant they are to others. There probably are a lot of other, more
important points that need some work and I would like to ask you to
discuss them here on the mailing list!

Another point I am a bit concerned about is the claim made in several
places that XForms works X11 R4, R5 and R6 as well as with operating
systems as OS2, VMS etc. I have no access to machines with X11 R4 or
R5 or OS2 or VMS so I am in no position to determine if these are
still correct. Are there some people out there that can confirm them
or should we better stop making these claims?

And, of course, there will still be a number of bugs in the new
release. So, please, don't stop sending me bug reports about what-
ever you find not to be working correctly.

                                 Best regards, Jens
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