Announcing a re spawned rcairo
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rcairo[1] is a cairo[2] extension for ruby.

Cairo is a resolution and device independent vector graphics drawing
library, which provides a postscript like drawing model. The release
contains some simple tests, and some not so simple tests utilizing
cairo through ruby (samples/canvas contains a small windowing system.

Features
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- PNG writing
- interactive applications using gtk+ and hardware acceleration.

Download
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The extension is available as a tarball[3] or from cairo CVS[4] see
the cairo cvs instructions[5] for information on how to get rcairo and
some of its dependencies from cvs. See the README[6] for spartan build
instructions, rcairo uses setup.rb and is hopefully easy to wrap up
for gems and RPA.

To be done
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- Review API/conventions.
- patterns (for gradients, and repeating images).
- binding of cairo-svg for svg rendering support.
- integration with sdl extension, for easy platform independent
   (albeit not hardware accelerated) use.
- PDF writing.
- integration with pango extension, for unicode based text layout capabilities.
- integration with the native support in gtk+
- integration with other toolkits?
- documentation

Feedback and patches are appreciated, especially regarding how cairo
code should be used from ruby. Most of the fancy things can be added
as syntactic sugar, but I am uncertain how to handle for instance
enumerated values in a good way.

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[1] - http://cairographics.org/rcairo
[2] - http://cairographics.org/ - "introduction - cairo"
[3] - http://cairographics.org/~pippin/cairo/ruby/ - "download
location for tarball"
[4] - http://cvs.cairographics.org/rcairo/ - "cairo CVS - directory
/cvs/cairo : rcairo"
[5] - http://cairographics.org/download - "download - cairo"
[6] - http://cvs.cairographics.org/rcairo/README?view=auto - "README for rcairo"

Attachments: a png file, and the ruby script used to generate it, just
to give a taste of the API, more samples exist in the release. Mail
with attachments bounced from list, placing the sample at [3] for now.

Happy drawing.

/?yvind K./pippin

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