25 February 2003


After not having touched my website for a long time (years), I finally decided to do a bit of work on it. Wrote some scripts to automatically generate the navigation links (and added <link> elements). Decided to put the slides for talks I have given up in one place. Still a fair bit more information worth putting up for the packages I maintain though.


The conference CD should be finalised tomorrow (thanks to a lot of work done by Tony). We’ve got material from just about all the speakers, audio of all the talks (in Speex format) and some photos, so it should be quite good. The CD will be mailed out to delegates, and ISOs will be made available when they are ready.

Ring John Howard at Home

The Chaser stirred up a bit of trouble at the end of last week with the headline on the front page of their satirical newspaper: Howard Ignores the People. So call him at home on (02) 9922 6189. According to a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, his home phone was ringing non stop until they changed the number.


Put out a new release of fontilus, which increased the number of supported languages from 2 (including the default english) to 21. It also has a few small UI improvements for the font view dialog, and adds a context menu item for fonts in the “fonts:” folder that allows you to easily set the default application font for Gnome.

You can also now use fontilus to view the Bitstream Vera fonts. The fonts are currently available in a limited beta form (you can download and use the fonts, but not redistribute them). The terms that will be used for the finished version of the fonts is also available at the above site, which probably meets the open source definition (some people think it doesn’t, but the license seems to satisfy all the points in the definition).

13 February 2003

lmjohns3: if you use a locale with right to left text direction, GTK+ will automatically flip the direction of standard widgets.

This means that if you have a GtkHBox, items added with pack_start() will end up on the right hand side of the box, and ones added with pack_end() on the left (after all, they aren’t called pack_left and pack_right).

To see what happens, try out the “flipping” test in the testgtk program included with GTK.