XRCed Wish List

NOTE: Some of these are already completed, or have been partially implemented. They should either be marked in some way, or moved to a "Completed" section. --RobinDunn

  1. A simple way to add support for custom (read "written by you") controls. I think it might be really cool to only have to add a function that returns a dict of the attributes that can be set on the control, and then add the module that contains the control to a list somewhere accessible from the XRCed GUI (big change). --EliGolovinsky

    • One way to approach this is to use a plugin-in or drop-in architecture where every widget type has it's own module located in a certain directory. The module contains everything that is needed to allow XRCed to support that widget, (including a wx.xrc.XmlResourHandler if needed) instead of having bits and pieces scattered all around the XRCed code. When XRCed starts up it can load all modules in this directory and build it's menus, control bar, and etc. based on what it finds and loads. --RobinDunn

    • See XRCed Refactoring Project. --RomanRolinsky

  2. A graphic way to put controls on a container at a fixed position with a fixed size. I even think this should be the default behavior to ease the use of XRCed for first time users (big change). --EliGolovinsky

  3. A way to define which event handlers the control should handle. The code generator (pywxrc) will then be able to generate empty overridable methods (medium change). --EliGolovinsky

  4. Code generation for languages other than Python : starting with C++ and then on to Perl, Ruby and anything else that has wx bindings (small change per language). --EliGolovinsky

  5. Refactor to make it easy to embed XRCed functionality into other applications, such as full fledged IDEs or RAD tools (big change?). --RobinDunn

  6. An option to always set default 5pt borders on all sides for all new controls. This can also be implemented as a "set borders" function that will set the same border width and flags for all the selected controls (or all the child-controls of a container) (medium change). --EliGolovinsky

  7. A way to select multiple controls for delete / cut / copy (small change?) --EliGolovinsky

  8. The ability to select a group of controls/containers and say "wrap these in a sizer of this kind" (small change?). --DonDwiggins

  9. Drag-and-drop of controls for reorganization. One issue I found while trying to use XRCed the other day was that trying to insert a predecessor sibling was a bit of a pain. Offering a drag-and-drop method for moving around entire sections of the tree would be nice. One would need to be careful about whether a drop is 'insert as sibling before', 'insert as sibling after', and 'add as child', though I believe the child case is solvable with temporary dummy controls (you only need to add siblings) (medium change). --JosiahCarlson

  10. Allow importing part of or all of another XRC file into the one being edited. --DonDwiggins

    • This can be done reasonably well by copying a sub-tree from one instance of XRCed and pasting it in another instance. I was really surprised to learn that it actually works well. --EliGolovinsky

    • That's definitely good to have but actually, I was thinking of something like Python's import (IIRC, there's a couple of XML constructs for this). --DonDwiggins

  11. Provide for "templates" or a kind of macro facility that makes it easy to do common things like label-control pairs (small change?). --DonDwiggins

    • For example, this could be implmented by having a Insert Template toolbar item that allows the user to select from a list of named items. When one is selected it simply inserts tree nodes from the template to the current location in the tree. The templates themselves can simply be snippets of XRC XML located in a certain directory (or perhaps a standard location and also a location in the user's documents directory.) We should also allow the user to select part of or all of their current XRC tree and save it as a template. --RobinDunn

  12. Allow specifying the size of a window (control or container) in terms other than absolute pixels. For instance, "I want a text control just large enough to hold the string '12345-6789' in the standard font". For another: make this window 110% of the size of that other one (horizontally, vertically, or both). --DonDwiggins

    • This will require modifications to the C++ XRC code, and will probably be a hard sell unless we can come up with a specific and simple set of alternate sizing methods. The percentage method may also need support from the sizers. --RobinDunn

  13. Allow specifying one or both of a minimum and maximum size (small change). --DonDwiggins

    • This one will also need changes to the C++ XRC code, but will be an easy modification. --RobinDunn

  14. Define defaults for sizer flags for different controls : panels should be added with wx.EXPAND and proportion=1, and buttons without wx.EXPAND and proportion=0. There should be an options dialog to make those things configurable (medium change). --EliGolovinsky (stolen shamelessly from Ed Leafe and DaboUI :)

  15. Rename the 'option' arument to 'proportion' like it should be and like it is named in the code (small change). --EliGolovinsky

  16. Create shortcut buttons for alignment and proportion (like the ones used in wxDesigner) (medium change). --EliGolovinsky

  17. Enable the Save button after any change in a node, instead of waiting until the user selects a different node (small change). --RobinDunn

  18. Replace the control icons with better looking ones (medium change). --EliGolovinsky

  19. Allow the "separator" to insert a line between Toolbar buttons as it does for MenuItems (whereas now it just adds extra space) (small change). --JohnSalerno

    • It is the native toolbar class that decides how a separator is rendered. XRC or XRCed has nothing to do with it. --RobinDunn

    • As a workaround wxStaticLine with wxLI_VERTICAL style can be added to toolbar. --RomanRolinsky

  20. Support glcanvas. --RandolphFritz

  21. Fully support Mac OS. Provide an xrced application icon, and make the app persistent, like standard Mac applications. --RandolphFritz


Should we re-number this list so that each item starts with "1." and let the wiki take care of automatically numbering them? --JohnSalerno

Probably. --RobinDunn

Done. --JohnSalerno

What do we do with completed items? --RomanRolinsky

How about to cross them? --techtonik

My humble wish:

1) Export XRC code to pure python code and

2) vice versa (scan python code and generate XRC files)

I'm aware it is not that easy especially the second one, anyway the second one has low priority for me, but it would be nice. ;)

XRCed Wish List (last edited 2009-09-14 21:55:37 by D-128-95-103-224)

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