Re: [OVC-demo-team] EVM Milestone 1, Integrator (was: New Dev Lead Selected -- Fred McLain)

From: Eron Lloyd <elloyd_at_lancaster_dot_lib_dot_pa_dot_us>
Date: Wed Feb 11 2004 - 11:02:15 CST

On Friday 06 February 2004 11:55 pm, David Mertz wrote:
> > Is everyone cool with PyQt at this point?
>
> Fred's the man now, but I'm certainly cool with PyQt myself. One
> questions though: can we easily create a "kiosk mode" with it (no title
> bar, scroll bar, or other frame elements)? That's important for the
> demo.

As far as desktop handling (which we do need to be aware of), PyQt itself
wouldn't have a problem being locked down. What is a potential issue is the X
environment we decide to run the software under, including the window
manager, login manager, etc. I support the use of KDE handling login and then
using its KIOSK framework to lock down everything (no panel, desktop icons,
etc.), scripting the voting software to automatically load, and then running
it full screen disabling KWin operations (borderless, maximized, centered
dialogs, etc). After playing with KDE 3.2 for about 2 weeks, I must say it is
perfect for our needs.

> > Some documentation would help too (I'll volunteer, as I like technical
> > writing--can we use OpenOffice.org, please?). It would be fun to use
> > UML to lay this all out, as well as some use cases.
>
> I had used APT to create the Architecture and a few other documents.
> See:
>
> http://www.xmlmind.com/aptconvert.html
>
> APT has a lot of nice output formats, and is easy to exchange and
> discuss over email (and also, it's easy to add very minimal markup to
> paragraphs written as plain text).
>
> That said, I don't care about pushing for the document format
> anymore... as long as we use something open. Actually, I'm right now
> in the process of writing and article on OOo's XML format, just as a
> coincidence. Anyway, OOo is publicly document and libre, so I'm happy
> with it.

Great. While I do think some shorthand markup formats are nice, I never want
to rely on everyone being able to use it that wants to. We can turn every
document into PDF, index, etc in OOo. Also, it would be cool to make some PR
materials, such as handouts and Impress slides, too.

> FWIW, UML always seemed needlessly complicated to me for most things...
> but that's up to Fred now.

True, we could probably do without it, but after playing with Umbrello 1.2, it
might be fun to use and learn. Especially for the large number of potential
Use Cases.

Take care,

Eron

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Eron Lloyd
Technology Coordinator
Lancaster County Library
elloyd@lancaster.lib.pa.us
Phone: 717-239-2116
Fax: 717-394-3083
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