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    GUI = Graphical User Interface; GDI = ???

    Hello.
    I was wondering about those to ummm 'things'.
    What do they usually stand for and when is the appropriate time to use those expressions?
    Thanks for your help!
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    Re: GUI = Graphical User Interface; GDI = ???

    GDI = Graphics Device Interface, I think

    Thus, it is entirely different from a GUI.

    Hope that helps.

    Edit: In case that isn't clear, the GDI would be a hardware abstraction layer

    [This message has been edited by yakuza (edited 11-11-2002).]

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    Re: GUI = Graphical User Interface; GDI = ???

    Umm allright. That is some help thanks!

    Still, if you have more detailed explanations I'm eager to hear it.
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    Re: GUI = Graphical User Interface; GDI = ???

    Well, the way I understand it:

    A GUI is a very general representation of any graphical interface between a human and a piece of software. Although perhaps the hardware buttons on your ATM at the bank are considered a GUI...

    Whereas GDI is a device-independent interface to graphics hardware.

    Here's a link to the MSDN which might explain GDI better. http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/de...asp?frame=true

    Hope this helps

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    Re: GUI = Graphical User Interface; GDI = ???

    To further clarify, a GDI is a set of functions and/or objects (i.e., code) that control the operation of a graphics device, such as a monitor, and a GUI is windows, buttons, sliders, text boxes, etc.

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