image viewers: a different approach

Ingo Klöcker kloecker at
Sun Oct 30 10:37:16 GMT 2005

On Sunday 30 October 2005 10:32, Michael Olbrich wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 29, 2005 at 11:31:41PM +0200, Ingo Klöcker wrote:
> > On Sunday 30 October 2005 00:00, Benjamin Meyer wrote:
> > > You make no sense.  You are embedding khtmlpart so embedding *is*
> > > done.  In essence khtmlpart is your image viewer.
> >
> > It might not make sense to you because I didn't explain it good
> > enough. Anyway, the current situation is like this:
> > - For viewing messages we use KHTMLPart. If attached images are
> > shown inline then they are obviously displayed by the KHTMLPart.
> > This won't change.
> > - For viewing single attached images (e.g. via context menu->View)
> > we currently open a simple window with a KHTMLPart which displays a
> > trivial HTML page with a single <img> tag.
> >
> > I don't like the latter (because the user can't even rotate the
> > image) and therefore want to use an external image viewer in KDE 4.
> Why not start an image viewer kpart like you start KHTMLPart now?

Because it needs additional glue which means additional code that needs 
to be maintained. Moreover, this additional code would have to be 
duplicated in every application that wants to use the image viewer 
kpart. OTOH, if there would be a static convenience method in kdelibs 
so that we could show an image in a separate window with a simple
  KImagePart::showImage( url );
then we'll make use of this.

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