Getting a pure text widget?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg61355] Getting a pure text widget?*From*: "Steven T. Hatton" <hattons at globalsymmetry.com>*Date*: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 00:18:09 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

The literature for MathLink suggests that I could create my own GUI for Mathematica using MathLink. I have not been able to convince myself this is really true by looking over the API. For example, is there a way to get a "pure" text widget? By text widget, I mean - in terms of X - an X window that presents the content of a Mathematica notebook without any menubar, toolbar, scrollbar, statusbar, etc. This is what I expected to get from the command NotebookCreate[WindowFrame -> "Frameless"]. But that gave me a normal Mathematica notebook window, indistinguishable from what I get with NotebookCreate[]. I am 100% certain that a better UI could be created for Mathematica. Such a UI could be created Using Trolltech's Qt. This GUI would compile and run on all the major platforms that Mathematica targets. Such a UI would add value to Mathematica in many ways. Not the least of which would be to make the product attractive and usable for the 18 to 24-year-old college student struggling to satisfy her course requirements, and looking for a tool to _help_ achieve these immediate objectives, and to be of value to her after she achieves these objectives. I spent well over a year studying C++ with the hope of being able to approach design challenges such as creating an alternative Mathematica UI. When I set out on the course, I was under the impression that MathLink would facilitate the creation of such a product. Now that I have returned to the project, I am not convinced that assumption was valid. Are my perceptions in error here? -- "Philosophy is written in this grand book, The Universe. ... But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language... in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, ...; without which wanders about in a dark labyrinth." The Lion of Gaul

**Follow-Ups**:**Re: Getting a pure text widget?***From:*Yasvir Tesiram <tesiramy@omrf.ouhsc.edu>