History: In Search of a GUI

Published: 04-Jan-2022

After the promise of the original text-based client, I decided I wanted something better. Something I could display images with. Something that would allow a user to be in multiple areas of the system and in multiple chat groups at the same time. I needed a GUI.

There were many false starts with this. Who knew finding a GUI library for DOS would be so hard?!

I tried OpenZinc. It was promising but had a very limited widget set.

I tried several libraries for Allegro. No joy.

Amazingly, there's really nothing out there appropriate for SDL either.

I finally found a mostly-complete DOS port of FLTK that looked promising and set off to build a new client!