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Date: Thu 9 Mar 89 14:24:09-EST
From: MAYBURY@RADC-TOPS20.ARPA (Mark Maybury)
Does anyone know about common windows?
1) Is Common Windows a moving target or has it been standardized. If so,
can one purchase an implementation of Common Windows for any machine running
Common Lisp (e.g. the Symbolics, TI, Macintosh, IBM-PC etc.)
2) How does it work? Is it a total window system implementation, or
does it make calls to the resident windowing system on the machine or is
X-Windows involved or something else?
3) Will it run on unix-based machines running X-windows
as well as on Symbolics and TI LISPMs? Macintoshes? IBM PC's?
4) Does anyone have any comment on X-windows versus Common Windows?
Thanks in advance.
You should also enquire of ILA (International LISP Associates) about
their work on Y-Windows. It is concerned with portability of windows and
user interfaces, logically extended from what X is all about (hence its
name). There is much interest now in a "standard" of some sort, from a
context that includes what life is like developing on Symbolics. ILA
will be presenting at the SLUG-89 International Conference in June, but
if you need to know sooner you can also ask them directly. (Try
These and related issues are a major theme of the SLUG-89 conference.