[PD] [PD-dev] pd-ext documentation [was something else]

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sat Feb 28 07:45:50 CET 2009

On Feb 27, 2009, at 2:16 AM, Frank Barknecht wrote:

> Hallo,
> João Pais hat gesagt: // João Pais wrote:
>>>> I already made my one available several times on the list -  
>>>> whenever
>>>> the question "how many objects are in pd-ext" comes -, but  
>>>> probably it
>>>> wasn't that popular.
>>>> 2682 objects? when I check the properties of the extra folder
>>>> (windows), I get 2666 files - bear in mind that there are several
>>>> repeatitions (many objects are repeated in flatspace), and other  
>>>> files
>>>> aren just secondary material, and some objects don't work. did  
>>>> you sort
>>>> out repetitions or something?
>>>> how did you extract this list?
>>> I did this manually, a lot of copy and paste.
>>> and yes, there might be some duplicates and some unusual objects  
>>> like
>>> all the gemgl objects are in the list...
>> ah ah, and I thought I was the only crazy guy going through object  
>> per
>> object and extract the information (see excel file). ok, maybe we  
>> should
>> discuss a more serious way of automatising this.
> I've just added the system we use in the RjDj lib to [list]-abs as
> well. It's pretty simple, but cool: All objects are described in a
> textfile using this format:
> objectname - short object description in one line without commas
> In [list]-abs this file is called "list-abs-intro.txt". (It also
> allows lines consisting of just an integer number, which is used to
> optionally make room for larger GUI objects in the overview patch.)
> A helper file reads this list into a textfile and dynamically patches
> all referenced objects and descriptions into a subpatch. This patch is
> called "list-abs-intro.pd".

Sounds like a useful thing.  How about sticking this info into a  
subpatch in the help patch?  They could easily be parsed with textfile  
and route.  Then there is only one file per object to maintain.



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