[PD] suggestion about graph on parent to the developers

Miller Puckette mpuckett at man104-1.ucsd.edu
Mon Jun 23 21:10:25 CEST 2003

Good idea... there could be some new "frame" object, which, if you had one
in a patcher, would make the parent morph into a panel containing whatever
was in the frame.  This would make it easy to throw comments around too.

One slight complication is how the parent text should be dealt with
(such as "pd my-graphic-subpatch").  If that text is larger than the
box, I suppose the thing is just to extent the right edge of the
box to hold the text.

Perhaps needless to say, the reason I've held off on doing something like
this so far is fear of doing it wrong and being stuck keeping everything
compatible.  The good news is, that with the current scheme, the "frame"
could just default to the whole window area so that I could introduce
the frame in an easy-to-manage, backward-compatible way.


On Mon, Jun 23, 2003 at 01:22:44PM -0500, Mark Khemma wrote:
> Hello,
> 	I don't know if this is possible (because my pd development skills
> are null), but is there a way for you developers to code a specific box
> which the sliders/bangs/etc could be set in so that when you look at the
> parent abstraction, it will look exactly like how you set it up in the
> child rather than appearing all scrunched up? The box could set the
> pixel dimensions of the parent object in some way, and things that the
> user didn't want to show in the parent could be left outside of the box.
> If it could be done then the pd-design/layout would look much cleaner and
> much more flexible. I hope this makes sense to more than just me.
> -Mark .K
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