[Chandler-dev] Removing plugins and what else for Preview?

D John Anderson john at osafoundation.org
Wed Feb 7 12:10:30 PST 2007

On Feb 7, 2007, at 11:48 AM, Phillip J. Eby wrote:

> At 10:26 AM 2/7/2007 -0800, Heikki Toivonen wrote:
>> Philippe Bossut wrote:
>> > The issue is the extra workload to package the tools and plug- 
>> ins. Kind
>> > of tight to get that done for Preview but may be not critical to  
>> get
>> > done by then (the ones who want those tools are likely devs and  
>> can sync
>> > up with svn and build... I might be a little optimistic/cavalier  
>> here
>> > though...).
>> It's actually less work than you'd think, and I've offered to do it
>> myself. It is just manually selecting the files and building zip  
>> files -
>> not hard, and can be done in a couple of hours. It can be done  
>> after the
>> Preview is out (we'll just add some links to the files later).
>> Removing the Test and Experimental menus would be a little bit more
>> work. Ideally the Experimental menu appeared automatically if  
>> there are
>> any plugins.
> Just an FYI, a possible way to implement this is to have the module  
> that provides menus expose APIs like 'getTestMenu(view)' and  
> 'getExperimentalMenu(view)', and have them either return the  
> existing menu item or create it and return it.  Then, plugins which  
> add menu items to those menus need only use the return value as the  
> parent, and the menus will only be created if they are used by some  
> plugin.

We also have an existing mechanism that we already use that allows  
blocks to be shown and hidden by toggling a visible attribute, and  
menus are just blocks.

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