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Motif 2.1 Programmer's Guide
This document is organized as follows:
Chapter 1 introduces the book and gives an overview of the X Window
System, Xlib, Xt, and Motif.
Chapter 2 summarizes the structure of the Motif widget hierarchy and
discusses general principles for writing Motif programs.
Chapter 3 explains the structure and general elements of a Motif
application. This chapter also discusses the use of multiple threads in
Chapter 4 describes the structure of a program that uses the User
Interface Language (UIL) and Motif Resource Manager (MRM).
Chapter 5 discusses most of the primitive widgets that form the building
blocks of a Motif application.
Chapter 6 describes how to use the RowColumn widget to build menus, radio
boxes, and check boxes.
Chapter 7 describes the widgets most appopriate for conducting dialogs
with the user.
Chapter 8 discusses composite widgets commonly used to contain other
widgets in the application.
Chapter 9 explains compound strings (XmString), render tables, tab lists,
fonts, and other aspects of rich text.
Chapter 10 explains the Motif Text and TextField widgets, which provide
general display and editing of text.
Chapter 11 is a guide to internationalizing applications and providing
text, font, and other information that is specific to particular language
Chapter 12 explains how Motif uses colors and pixmaps and how an
application can provide its own.
Chapter 13 discusses issues in handling input, including keyboard focus
and traversal, translations, and actions.
Chapter 14 describes the layout-management policies of particular Motif
Chapter 15 describes DrawingArea, a general-purpose widget for displaying
graphics and handling user input at a low level.
Chapter 16 describes how an application can transfer data using the
Uniform Transfer Method (UTM).
Chapter 17 is an extensive discussion of the Motif drag and drop
interface, with which the user transfers data by manipulating iconic
representations with the pointer.
Chapter 18 discusses communication between an application and the Motif
Window Manager (MWM), by means of resources, selections, protocols, and
Chapter 19 describes printing from a Motif application.
Appendix A describes the XmClipboard calls.
Appendix B summarizes data transfer support built into the standard Motif
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