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Re: classic deficiancy in both windows and linux ?

Antiphon wrote:

> On Friday 24 October 2003 10:57 am, Craig Dickson wrote:
> > editor. This seems perfectly sensible to me; I've never understood why
> > file managers don't provide this functionality.
> Because it would be bloat. That would not be a very well used feature and 
> would only serve to inflate the size of the app. 

No, I don't think, for a file manager, that the ability to print out the
contents of a directory qualifies as "bloat." And there are lots of
features already in Konqueror, Nautilus, and Windows Explorer that are
much more worthy of being called "bloat" than printing.

I'm not terribly familiar with Qt or GTK programming, but in Windows, if
an application is well-designed, printing capability doesn't require
much code beyond what is required for the on-screen display. The code
that draws the contents of the window should be re-usable to draw the
contents of a printed page. The printer is just another graphical output
device. I don't know offhand if X/Qt/GTK abstracts output devices in a
comparable manner to what Windows does.


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