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From Left Right <olegsivo...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Halo x Spark
Date Sat, 24 Mar 2012 09:00:56 GMT
I think that the most important motivation behind new skinning system was
that assets imported from Flash CS aren't editable / aren't fully editable
in other editors commonly used for Flex framework. Since new skins are all
in plain text, they eliminate this restriction. However, several important
advantages of previous system were lost. The preview at the time of
developing the skin is very important, but no tool exists to fairly preview
Spark skins until they are actually used. For reasons beyond my
comprehension, the skins had to inherit from UIComponent. Combined together
these two disadvantages are a show-stopper for many projects / workflows.

Now, the problem with promising that this is going to be fixed any time is
that:
- If we want to consider some graphic tool for designing the GUI, what tool
should it be?
- New skinning system is the most significant change in Halo to Spark
transition, if it is dropped, then there's basically no reason to use Spark
at all. So, patching Spark components in attempt to alter the way they use
skins would be a major rewrite anyway.
- There isn't any solid plan, neither less solid goals or even intentions
expressed as about what would be the priorities of Apache version of the
framework, so I don't think there may be a reasonable answer. Maybe this
will be addressed, maybe it won't be, maybe the problem will perish because
of the development taking a completely different turn...

Best.

Oleg

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