“X Window System” Moderated by George Champine

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Entry Number: 07


    X Window System



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    The X Window System has now been endorsed by every major workstation manufacturer, and is rapidly becoming a de facto industry standard for application interfaces. However, the impact on graphics is far from clear and X is still evolving.
    Major issues to be addressed by the panel include: lack of world coordinate output (a la Postscript); relationship to NeWS and MS-Windows; support of images and live video; adequacy of the toolkit; 3-0 extensions to X; and role of the X Consortium.
    X has generated considerable controversy because it introduces yet another drawing package whose relationship to existing graphics standards is unknown, as is its applicability to graphics applications. This issue is also addressed.

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