wikipedia reader/gtk2/qt questions

Guylhem Aznar nanonote at
Fri Mar 19 12:30:02 EDT 2010


On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 11:25, Mirko Lindner <mirko at> wrote:
> Let me know if you wanna dive into vido, i'd be glad to decrypt some of my
> crude code ;)

I will be glad to help! I have little gtk experience though - just did
a couple of apps.

> 1) getting the mouse cursor to be movable using the 4-Way key

Why? There's no touchscreen - you shouldn't bother with the mouse action.

The last gtk app I did was a picture renamer (basically, you have a
full folder of pics from your digital camera, you want to give them
names to have them indexed) Setting the widget order for text
navigation with the tab key was the best solution I found - along with
moving to the next entry whenever "enter" was pressed thus confirming
the new filename.

For a wikipedia reader, a tab key switch between widgets might not
even be necessary. I see basically 3 actions :
 - scroll : use up/down
 - search : initiatiate a search with a key, type the string, then
find next occurence on the current page
 - change article : initiate a search with another key, type the
string, then select the article you want.

For a scrolling indicator, the best solution I've seen is a 1 px line,
with a 2 px width indicator where the page is, inversely proportional
to the total number of pages. Considering the low screen resolution,
this would leave most of the space for the reading.

Search and change article could be popups, activated with the fonction
keys for ex.

What do you think about that?

Do you have some screenshots or videos to get me started on the UI?

I will download the sources and try to run vido on osx gtk2 until I
have the nano.


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