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    22 ><H1
       
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    25 >Introduction</A
       
    26 ></H1
       
    27 ><P
       
    28 >This library is designed to make it easy to write games that run on Linux,
       
    29 Win32 and BeOS using the various native high-performance media interfaces,
       
    30 (for video, audio, etc) and presenting a single source-code level API to
       
    31 your application.  This is a fairly low level API, but using this, completely
       
    32 portable applications can be written with a great deal of flexibility.</P
       
    33 ><P
       
    34 >The library is loaded as a dynamically linked library on its native
       
    35 platform, and is currently compiled natively for Linux, compiled for
       
    36 Win32 using a Linux hosted GCC
       
    37 <A
       
    38 HREF="http://www.libsdl.org/Xmingw32/"
       
    39 TARGET="_top"
       
    40 >cross-compilation</A
       
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    42 environment, and compiled using the EGCS C++ compiler under BeOS.</P
       
    43 ><P
       
    44 >An introduction to SDL can be found online at:
       
    45 <A
       
    46 HREF="http://www.libsdl.org/intro/toc.html"
       
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    48 >http://www.libsdl.org/intro/</A
       
    49 >&#13;</P
       
    50 ><P
       
    51 >There are code examples on each of the main library pages, and there are
       
    52 fully fleshed example C++ classes and programs in the examples archive,
       
    53 available on the
       
    54 <A
       
    55 HREF="http://www.libsdl.org/download.html"
       
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    57 >SDL download page</A
       
    58 >.</P
       
    59 ><P
       
    60 >For an introduction to basic multi-media programming concepts, you might try
       
    61 some of the following links:
       
    62 <P
       
    63 ></P
       
    64 ><UL
       
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    66 ><P
       
    67 ><A
       
    68 HREF="http://www.ziron.com/links/"
       
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    70 >Game Programming Links</A
       
    71 ></P
       
    72 ></LI
       
    73 ><LI
       
    74 ><P
       
    75 ><A
       
    76 HREF="http://developer.dungeon-crawl.com/"
       
    77 TARGET="_top"
       
    78 >Game Developer Search Engine</A
       
    79 ></P
       
    80 ></LI
       
    81 ></UL
       
    82 ></P
       
    83 ><P
       
    84 >Enjoy!</P
       
    85 ><P
       
    86 >&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sam Lantinga
       
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    89 >&#60;<A
       
    90 HREF="mailto:slouken@libsdl.org"
       
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    92 HREF="mailto:slouken@libsdl.org"
       
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    94 >slouken@libsdl.org</A
       
    95 ></A
       
    96 >&#62;</TT
       
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    98 >
       
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   101 <H1>Table of Contents</H1>
       
   102 <UL>
       
   103 <LI><A HREF="html/index.html">Full Table of Contents</A></LI>
       
   104 <LI><A HREF="html/guide.html">The SDL Guide</A></LI>
       
   105 <LI><A HREF="html/reference.html">The SDL Reference</A></LI>
       
   106 <UL>
       
   107 <LI><A HREF="html/general.html">Initialization</A></LI>
       
   108 <LI><A HREF="html/video.html">Video</A></LI>
       
   109 <LI><A HREF="html/wm.html">Window Manager</A></LI>
       
   110 <LI><A HREF="html/event.html">Event Handling</A></LI>
       
   111 <LI><A HREF="html/joystick.html">Joystick</A></LI>
       
   112 <LI><A HREF="html/audio.html">Audio</A></LI>
       
   113 <LI><A HREF="html/cdrom.html">CDROM</A></LI>
       
   114 <LI><A HREF="html/thread.html">Threads</A></LI>
       
   115 <LI><A HREF="html/time.html">Timers</A></LI>
       
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