About a new user interface

From: Tomaz Solc <tomaz.solcREMOVE@THIStablix.org>
Date: Wed Mar 28 2007 - 14:44:04 CEST

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Hi everyone

Bostjan and I have been discussing some possibilities for a new user
interface to replace G-Tablix.

G-Tablix has two problems that the new interface should fix:

1) G-Tablix was designed specifically for school timetabling and so
supports only a part of functionality of recent Tablix versions.

2) It is non-trivial to use gtk-perl on systems other than Linux (like
Windows or Mac OS X).

We had two ideas on how to proceed:

One is a GTK application in the style of the current G-Tablix, but with
a redesigned GUI and written in C++. Here the Inkscape project provides
an excellent example of a GTK / C++ application that has easy-to-install
packages for all major operating systems.

The other is a web-based frontend. Kind of a successor to Jorell that
would also provide a way to edit timetabling problems. This could be for
example written in Django or a similar web development framework with a
database back-end. Since working with a timetabling problem mostly
involves editing lists of resources and events such a web-based approach
may be more suitable.

We would love to hear some comments about this. What kind of interface
would you prefer? Is anyone willing to participate in the development?

We also heard on the mailing list that there is a Java-based interface
being made. How is that coming along?

Best regards
Tomaz
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