Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Sat Jan 21 09:49:03 CST 2006
Fri, 20 Jan 2006 @ 19:55 -0700, Richard said:
> In article <43D1A029.101 at widomaker.com>,
> Charles Shannon Hendrix <shannon at widomaker.com> writes:
> > Richard wrote:
> > > To my knowledge once Motif was out, most people didn't bother making
> > > toolkits
> > Actually, Motif probably has more third party toolkits, including a lot
> > for support of specialized industries, than any other GUI system in the
> > world.
> ...which is actually proving my point. People built stuff on *top* of
> Motif to complement what they see as gaps in its widget set, not stuff
> to compete with or replace it.
I thought you meant no one was writing them for Motif.
I'd still say you are wrong though, because toolkits continued to
explode in number after Motif. That's always been a frustraction
with UNIX GUI systems: so many that there never was a standard one
As far as plugging holes goes:
Only a small number of third party widgets did that. The vast majority
were extentions to Motif, not plugging holes.
They were mainly extensions which used Motif guidelines, and covered new
Plugging a hole would have been a third party widget that replaced a
base Motif element that was considered unsuitable.
For example, there was a third party widget to replace base Motif's
leaky spreadsheet type widget with one that was more efficient and had
I'm sure there were others.
> ...or are you saying that these third party toolkits are Motif
No, and toolkit is probably the wrong word, but a lot of third parties
called their widget sets toolkits.
And yes, there were plenty of competitive toolkits, some created before
Motif which lived on, and quite a few created afterward.
KDE and Gnome are only the latest examples of this.
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