If there are some new features that affect all controls, most of the improvements in the VCL in Delphi 2009 are specific to individual controls. The core standard controls, as well as the common controls, have been extended by Microsoft from one version of Windows to the next, while the VCL has often neglected supporting new these new features of the OS, sometimes for backward compatibility reasons (as similar applications might have problems running on older versions of the operating system, that Delphi has now stopped supporting anyway).
In this section I'll focus on the enhancements of some of the standard core controls of Windows, like buttons and edit boxes. In the following section I'll focus on the (more limited) enhancements of common controls.
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