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Running CLIM on Garnet's Motif widgets
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 1992 10:02 CST
From: Scott McKay <SWM@SAPSUCKER.SCRC.Symbolics.COM>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 1992 17:35 EST
CLIM 2.0 will reportedly simplify the interface between CLIM and
platform-dependent toolkits such as Motif's. The Garnet software
available from CMU includes (among many other things) a Motif widget set
written in Common Lisp on top of CLX. Has anyone, user or vendor,
considered implementing a Motif back end for CLIM 2.0 using Garnet?
Not to my knowledge. I would guess that it is unlikely that any vendor
will do this, since it is hard to justify economically.
The advantages for a vendor or user (e.g., a university) to write a CLIO
or Garnet driver for CLIM:
- Easier construction, testing, and incorporation of innovative or
customized widgets, since they would be writable in Common Lisp rather
- Portability of the application's look-and-feel across platforms, with
a dependence only on the X Window System rather than on a particular OS
and programming language. Note that true L&F portability (instead of
chameleon-like adaptation) is still desirable in some applications.
Smalltalk/V offers L&F adaptation, Smalltalk-80 offers L&F portability;
each apparently has found a viable market.
Lawrence G. Mayka
AT&T Bell Laboratories