Fw: Re: New UI

Luke Schierer lschiere at pidgin.im
Fri Aug 3 14:19:06 EDT 2007

On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 12:18:59PM -0500, Mark Doliner wrote:
> I think Jeff probably meant to send this to everyone.
> ---------- Forwarded Message -----------
> From: "Jeff Sadowski" <jeff.sadowski at gmail.com>
> To: "Mark Doliner" <mark at kingant.net>
> Sent: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 10:25:49 -0600
> Subject: Re: New UI
> Now that libpurple exists how hard is it to write a UI for it?
> I might be able to wipp something up. :-)
> I can't help thinking of a skin-able chat client.
> Allowing you to have it look and act as a user desires. :-P

The UI is a significant chunk of code, and certainly not a trivial
undertaking.  That being said, Sadrul was able to bring finch from
nothing to incredibly usable in the course of a single summer of code
project.  It is certainly a do-able project.

I have consistently been against skinable UIs.  So much so that I wrote
http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Using%20Pidgin#CanIskinPidgin some time

Still, you are certainly free to disagree with me, and an increased
power to do so (in the form of being able to write your own client
around libpurple) is a very good thing.


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