[Pipet Devel] IRC log on XML design/Overflow inclusion in Piper

Jean-Marc Valin jean-marc.valin at hermes.usherb.ca
Mon Jun 12 04:06:56 EDT 2000

> Overflow does present the information in a very straight-forward way (more
> like console vs. desktop).  Since Loci (Pied) and Overflow use nearly all the
> same graphical objects, I should be able to make a theme for Pied that looks a
> lot more like Overflow.  You may prefer that.
> But, Pied is meant to be either tied in with the desktop or be a desktop
> itself (I even want a trash node).  So, being graphical and pretty is
> important to Pied.  It helps draw the desktop user into using Piper too.
> Also, you may not have noticed this, but Pied allows 2 connected lines to be
> bent and even dragged out of the way by the connecting point (the dot).  I'm
> not criticizing Overflow's GUI, but in the screenshot with the "spagetti
> code", being able to bend lines may help neaten up the diagram.

Of course, I really didn't put much effort in vflow, and I know it looks ugly.
The only reason why there's no option to bend lines is because I'm too lazy!
Also, I think we could associate icons to different nodes, like in Loci.
Actually, the only thing I prefer in vflow is that the way to label the
inputs/outputs is clearer (plus, I think I can pack more nodes per square


Jean-Marc Valin
Universite de Sherbrooke - Genie Electrique
valj01 at gel.usherb.ca

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