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Author Topic: Not A Release Announcement
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Post Not A Release Announcement
on: 2013-09-28 10:15

This is not a release announcement, unfortunately.

We have an issue with document formatting that directly affects searches, etc. Essentially, if a font change occurs, or anything else that changes the position and wrapping of text lines below where the change occurred, WordTsar should reformat the entire document to properly locate lines and words for searches, spell checks, etc. Unfortunately, reformatting a document takes time. The original Wordstar did it via ^QU, making the user wait until the document was formatted. WordTsar, being a touch more modern, shouldn't force that on the user.

Essentially, document formatting is being moved into a thread, so it can be performed in the background. Also, rather than continuously doing a background format, I'm setting up trigger points, so it only occurs when necessary. The change is taking longer than anticipated.

So, I think I'll have a quick vote, if anyone still reads these announcements. Do you want to wait for automatic document formatting, or would you prefer a quick fix and I'll implement ^QU and release that while I'm working on the background formatting?


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  1. DMcCunney says:
    Mozilla Firefox 24.0 Windows XP

    I have 567 fonts in Windows, and have had more. (I’m a designer among other things, and collect fonts.)

    This issue also bit Mozilla, as MS library code in Windows builds was tediously enumerating fonts, which did nasty things to Firefox load speed on Windows. Mozilla had an open ticket with MS about it. IIRC, the same issue bit Chrome. (I don’t recall the resolution, and would have to poke around in Bugzilla to see what was done.)

    If you want to do a build that skips the font list build, I’ll test it. It might be best to skip the enumeration on load, and only do it if an operation that uses font requires it.

  2. fofirama says:
    Mozilla 11.0 Windows 7

    Hello, I just noticed that the latest post on the Forum was posted on 28 September last year. Is the development of Wordtsar still progressing?

    • gbr says:
      Google Chrome 33.0.1750.146 Mac OS X 10.9.2


      Yes, still active, though slowed down a bit. I use it everyday.

      What is slowing things down right now is a re-vamp of the core routines to make them thread safe. The current version has an issue where if (for example) you turn on line spacing:

      .ls 2

      The screen is immediately updated with the line spacing. However, the page count doesn’t increase, because WordTsar only updates the current view, not the document. So, I need to background thread the document formatting stuff.

      It’s not as easy as it sounds, since all GUI work under Windows must be done in the main process, not in threads. Figuring out font sizes (which is, of course, critical in layout) is considerred GUI work.

      I’m getting there, but need a bit of patience.

      I think what I’ll be doing is moving the current WordTsar binaries to a more public place, let more people download and use it as it currently stands.