Posted on: 05/26/2007 07:41 PM
gtksourceview-1.90 is now available.
gtksourceview is a library that provides a widget for source code display and editing, derived from Gtk's TextView, and used by gedit and nemiver, among others.
This releases marks the first public step of the 2.0 line, after quite a long time of background work from great people like Marco Barisione, Yevgen Muntyan and Emanuele Aina.
The greatest changes in this release are the introduction of a new, smarter highlighting engine (which is context aware, and so allows much more niceties than the old one) and a theming support (easier configuration of colors it uses, better fit in dark themes).
Also, the printing support has been removed (thus dropping the gnomeprint dependency), since we currently expect people to implement it on an application basis using the new GtkPrint API, allowing much more control.
But it comes along with an API/ABI break, and the new API is not yet frozen, so it can still change. So people developping apps should stick on the old gtksourceview 1.0 line, which lies in the gtksourceview-1-8 branch, unless they want to experiment a bit. Both lines are parallel installable.
We'd also *love* having early adopters and API feedback (which is the reason why the API is not frozen yet), as we are adapting gedit to support this new line, in order to make it even nicer ;-)
Python lovers have not been forgotten: there is a new 'pygtksourceview' module for them in SVN, which provides a 'gtksourceview2' python module (gtksourceview is reserved for gtksourceview 1). Same remark as before, the API is not frozen, and this module hasn't been released yet.
And, last but not least, we are calling for help to enhance both the language description files (those need to be converted to the new engine and modified to use its capabilities) and to create new themes (a 'gvim' theme is being shipped now, but we'd *love* having a 'tango' color theme).
News in 1.90.0
This marks the road to GtkSourceView 2.0, and breaks the API. It is still considererd API-unstable.
* API update/break
* New highlighting and theming engines (Yevgen Muntyan, Marco Barisione)
* GnomePrint-based print API removal
gtksourceview is pretty active currently, finalizing what will become gtksourceview 2.0.
We are also in need of new/enhanced language description files and color themes.
So don't hesitate to have a talk with the gtksourceview team on #gedit on irc.gnome.org if you want to give gtksourceview some of the love it needs :-)
Hope you'll enjoy it!