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The RISC OS Toolbox is a set of relocatable modules which hugely simplify the task of writing high-quality, desktop applications. Applications which use the Toolbox automatically comply with the RISC OS 3 Style Guide. Its characteristics are:
  • it is easy to learn and use
  • it is structured as a set of relocatable modules
  • it will run on RISC OS 3.10 or later
  • it does not directly call back to code in the client application
  • it is SWI-driven
  • it is language-independent and can be used from C, C++, BASIC or Assembler with equal ease
  • communication back to the client application is via events
  • the client application does not have direct access to data structures maintained by the Toolbox
  • it uses a resource file format to hold templates for the user interface objects (Windows, menus, dialogue boxes, ...) which the application will use at run-time
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    Resource file
  • Resource files are edited using the GUI (graphical user interface) editor ResEd.
The publication User Interface Toolbox is the reference manual for the RISC OS Toolbox.