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Linux Journal: Visual Development with Qt 3.0

Jun 06, 2002, 01:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Boudewijn Rempt, Cameron Laird)

"Only two serious choices for a GUI toolkit are left: Qt and GTK. Motif still lives on, but nobody uses it for anything new.

"When Qt 3.0 was released in October 2001, it was a singificant upgrade and was well received. The most important features of Qt 3.0 are the extensions of the utility libraries, the addition of a rich text edit widget, fabulous support for international fonts and a vastly improved Qt Designer...

"Personally, I find the most exciting addition to Qt 3.0 to be improved support for foreign fonts. My own pet project, Kura, is a application for working with texts in all kinds of languages and using Unicode fonts was hell. One needed a real Unicode-encoded font, one that contained all the characters needed. However, Qt 3.0 can combine fonts to fill gaps where the main font lacks glyphs, making rendering texts much more responsive. Even more exciting is the improved rendering of complex scripts like Arabic and Burmese. In this respect, Qt 3.0 is perhaps as capable as Pango will be. You won't need to concern yourself with the encoding capabilities of the font--all you do is select a script. This improvement is mainly the work of Lars Knoll..."

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