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Slint 0.2.5 Released

July 6, 2022

Slint 0.2.5

Today we're releasing Slint version 0.2.5, with new features and some bug fixes. This release maintains backwards source compatibility. Applications developed with previous releases in the 0.2.x series will continue to run with version 0.2.5. Let's look at the highlights:

VS Code Web Extension

We're bringing our Slint VS Code extension to Visual Studio Code for the Web. Install the extension to get the same syntax highlighting, code completion, and live-preview - running in your web browser.

The Slint Language Server is written in Rust and runs as a separate process. We cross-compile the server now to Web Assembly, run it as a Web Worker, and substitute the stdin and stdout channels with a message-passing bridge. This is how code completion, diagnostics, semantic syntax highlighting, and more become available in the web extension.

The live-preview shows a window from within the Slint Language Server process. We can't show a window from a Web Worker, so instead we now create a "webview" to embed Slint cross-compiled to Web Assembly and with our WebGL renderer enabled. That's the same engine that we're also using for our preview of snippets in the documentation.

To use the extension, open a .slint file in vscode.dev or github.dev. For example, you can open our printer demo in your web browser, install the Slint extension from the extensions tab in the side bar, and then enjoy the live-preview and code completion.

Editing a .slint file on the web with our web extension for Visual Studio Code

Accessibility Support

It's important to us that Slint applications can be used by everyone, especially users that require assistive technology. This version of Slint adds support for making applications accessible on the desktop.

Screen reader in Slint (needs sound)

You can now annotate your items with accessible properties, to make them interact well with software like screen readers or braille terminals.

Our widgets use these accessible properties for an improved out-of-the-box experience.

The run-time library exposes a tree of items and their accessible properties to the operating system's accessibility layer. This is done with the help of Qt, which supports the major desktop platforms. We will add other back-end implementations in the future.

Known Limitations

What's next?

Smaller, Noteworthy Features

For a detailed list of all changes, check out the CHANGELOG.md

Conclusion

Thank you to everyone who contributed, especially the numerous external contributors.

We hope that you'll enjoy upgrading to this new version. If you're using Slint with Rust and Cargo, just run cargo update to update your application to the latest release. If you're using our CMake integration with FetchContent, update the GIT_TAG entry in your CMakeLists.txt to specify either v0.2.5 or you can also use release/0.2 to automatically follow all 0.2.x releases.

If you run into any issues or notice missing functionality, please don't hesitate to let us know. We would love to get your feedback. You can get in touch with us via our GitHub site, email, or via chat on our Mattermost instance.