[Development] Virtual GUI framework

Rand McRanderson therandshow at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 15:22:31 CET 2013

I just wanted to throw out an idea.

Since Qt is a cross-platform GUI library, would it be possible to
create a fake display system platform that would essentially stub out
all of the display library dependencies. Ideally, this would still
capture information about what is being draw, so that you could
calculate what would be displayed hypothetically (this could be
helpful for things such as generating pdf files based on calculated
layout). At the very least this might provide a way for Qt to run a
console application without bringing in libraries that may not be
available for all environments (the key case here is Linux servers
with display libraries disabled, Windows I'm not sure you can really
disable display libraries, but I know that the Linux use-case comes up
decently with servers).

If I had the time, I would work on this myself, of course if wishes
were fishes, I would have a very smelly house seeing as I am not under

With regards,
Rand McRanderson

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