ANN: wxWidgets 2.8.8

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ANN: wxWidgets 2.8.8

Julian Smart
June 24th, 2008 -- the wxWidgets team is pleased to announce a new
wxWidgets release. wxWidgets is a mature, open source, cross-platform
application framework for C++ and other languages.

To get wxWidgets, please go to the download page at

This is mainly a bug fix release; please see the change log below for

wxWidgets 2.8.8 changes


- Fixed bug with parsing some dates in wxDateTime (Bob Pesner).
- Fixed bug with parsing negative time zones in
- Initialize current line in wxTextBuffer ctor (Suzuki Masahiro).
- Improved performance of XML parsing (Francesco Montorsi).
- Fix wxDateTime::ParseRfc822Date() to handle missing seconds (Joe Nader).

All (GUI):

- Added wxWindow::GetNextSibling() and GetPrevSibling().
- Support wxGRID_AUTOSIZE in wxGrid::SetRow/ColLabelSize() (Evgeniy
- Ensure that wxGrid::AutoSizeColumn/Row() never sets column/row size
  smaller than the minimal size.
- Added <scrollrate> parameter to wxScrolledWindow XRC handler.
- wxRichTextCtrl performance has been improved considerably.
- Several wxRichTextCtrl style, paste and undo bugs fixed.
- Added wxRichTextCtrl superscript and subscript support (Knut Petter
- wxNotebook RTTI corrected, so now wxDynamicCast(notebook, wxBookCtrlBase)
- When focus is set to wxScrolledWindow child, scroll it into view.
- Improve wximage::ResampleBox() (Mihai Ciocarlie).
- Implemented ScrollList() in generic wxListCtrl (Tim Kosse).
- SaveAs in docview takes into account path now.
- Fixed wxXmlResource::GetText() to convert data to current locale's
  charset in ANSI build.
- wxGrid now indicates focus by using different colour for selection
  and hiding cell cursor when it doesn't have focus.
- Added alpha support to wxImage::Paste() (Steven Van Ingelgem)
- Use current date when opening popup in generic wxDatePickerCtrl.
- Remove associated help text from wxHelpProvider when a window is
- Added wxSizerFlags::ReserveSpaceEvenIfHidden() and
- Added wxWindow::ClientToWindowSize() and WindowToClientSize() helpers.
- Added wxSizer::ComputeFittingClientSize() and ComputeFittingWindowSize().
- Fixed wxSizer::SetSizeHints() to work when the best size decreases.
- Fixed crash in wxHtmlHelpController if the help window is still open.
- Fixed generic art provider to scale bitmaps down to client-specific
  best size if needed.
- Made wxSpinCtrl::Reparent() in MSW and generic versions (Angelo Mottola).
- Fixed timing of malformed animated GIFs in wxHTML (Gennady Feller).
- Fixed incorrect layout width caching in wxHTML (Jeff Tupper).
- wxHTML: preserve TAB characters when copying <pre> content to clipboard.
- Set focus to wxCalendarCtrl when it is clicked.

All (Unix):

- Fixed shared libraries to not depend on GStreamer when built with
  --enable-media; only wxMedia library depends on it now.
- wxLaunchDefaultBrowser() now uses xdg-open if available.
- Don't close UDP socket if an empty datagram is received (Mikkel S)
- Honour locale modifiers such a "@valencia" in system locale (Tim Kosse)


- Fix rare bug with messages delivered to wrong wxSocket (Tim Kosse).
- Fix setting icons when they have non-default (16*16 and 32*32) sizes.
- Fixed wxLocale::GetInfo to use the C locale.
- Don't enable disabled windows when showing them (Harry McKame).
- Fix assert when using owner-drawn menu items with the newest (Vista) SDK.
- Fixed wxTextCtrl to not process clipboard events twice if there's
  a custom wxEVT_COMMAND_TEXT_* event handler.
- Fix wxComboBox to not lose the current value if it was
programmatically set
  to a value not in a list of choices on popup close (Kolya Kosenko)
- Switching wxListCtrl to report mode from another one now uses full row
  highlight, just as if the control were created in report mode initially.
- Use correct index of the right-clicked column in wxListCtrl in the
  corresponding event even when the control is scrolled horizontally.
- Implement wxRadioBox::Reparent() correctly (Vince Harron).
- Make context sensitive help work for the text part of wxSpinCtrl.
- wxFileType::GetCommand() now looks at Explorer associations and CurVer
  for increased reliability and conformance to user expectations.
- Fixed double Init() call in wxTopLevelWindow causing a memory leak on
- Fixed rendering of borders for wxTextCtrl with wxTE_RICH(2) style when
  using Windows XP's Classic UI theme.
- Text controls with wxTE_RICH style now also generate
- Fixed wxEVT_COMMAND_TEXT_ENTER generation in wxSpinCtrl.
- Fixed wxSpinCtrl::GetClientSize() to return sensible value and not just
  spin button's client size.
- Fixed IMPLEMENT_APP() to be compatible with the -WU flag of Borland C++
  compiler (Matthias Bohm).
- Correct size calculation for toolbars containing controls under pre-XP
  systems (Gerald Giese)


- Return false from wxEventLoop::Dispatch() if gtk_main_quit() was
called and
  so the loop should exit (Rodolfo Schulz de Lima).
- Implement wxListBox::EnsureVisible() (Andreas Kling)
- Fixed wxCURSOR_HAND to map to GDK_HAND2 and not GDK_HAND1, for consistency
  with other applications.
- Fix wxNotebook::GetPage{Text,Image}() when they were called from the page
  change event handler for the first added page (Mikkel S).
- Fixed wxBitmapButton to use focus and hover bitmaps correctly.
- Fixed race condition which could cause idle processing to stop without
  processing all pending events.
- wxAcceleratorTable now works with buttons too.


- Fixed cursor for wxBusyCursor and wxContextHelp.
- Fixed wxListCtrl to respect items' non-default fonts.
- wxListCtrl::SetColumnWidth() now supports wxLIST_AUTOSIZE.
- Fixed handling of transparent background in borderless wxBitmapButton.

Julian Smart, Anthemion Software Ltd.
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