/ peeps, is there a mathematical formalisation of layout, navigation, etc as an optimisation problem?


@csepp A long time ago I explored doing layout by giving every widget a utility function over spacial dimensions. Essentially, that would be represented in memory as a monochromatic texture where the color value increases at different rates as you go further away from the origin.

Found functions for combining them (finding the utility function of a space allocated to multiple input widgets). I don't remember what they were but I don't think they were hard to derive. That was sufficient.

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@csepp Stopped there because I knew nobody would ever want to define utility functions for their widgets and also do we really need to involve graphics hardware in layout algorithms?? (no, I have never missed having this)

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