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OSF/MOTIF OFFICIALLY ADOPTED AS IEEE STANDARD; INDUSTRY CONFIRMS MOTIF AS THE FORMAL GUI STANDARD

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation announced today that OSF/Motif has been formally approved by a unanimous vote of the balloting group of the IEEE Computer Society Standards Board as the graphical user interface (GUI) standard P1295 -- the Modular Toolkit Environment. The final approval that was received in December acknowledges Motif as the formal open systems user interface standard.
 The P1295 standard specification of more than six hundred pages is derived from the OSF/Motif documentation set, and specifies both the application programming interface (API) and appearance and behavior (look and feel) for Motif. Motif 1.2 is compliant with this new standard.
 "This is an excellent example of how a membership-supported open systems development group working closely with a formal standards organization can produce a solid solution to meet both vendor and user requirements," said Elizabeth Connolly, director of OSF's User Environment Component. "This achievement is a clear indication that OSF is on target, producing the right technology and specifications needed for the open systems graphical user environment. And we especially would like to thank all OSF members who contributed to this IEEE standard in the work group and in the balloting group."
 "This project completes one of OSF's open systems technology cycles," said John Morris, director of liaisons and senior technical representative to worldwide standards bodies for OSF. "The OSF/Motif technology came about through an open process that selected Motif as the premier technology in X Window System(TM) toolkits. This was followed by a series of OSF software development cycles that produced the reference technology, specifications and a test suite. And finally, now that Motif has been proven both as a technology and as an open systems specification, a formal standard has been derived from the OSF work and approved by the open, voluntary process of the IEEE which assures the industry of high quality, consensus standards," continued Morris.
 The IEEE standards development process is based on voluntary participation from technical industry experts who form working groups, develop draft standards and meet regularly, ensuring that a high degree of consensus is maintained. Finally, when the draft achieves working group consensus it is then balloted and after approval, submitted to the IEEE Standards Board for acceptance.
 In addition to IEEE approval, the Motif API specification has also been submitted to X/Open's Fast-Track review process. The Motif specification under X/Open review is a superset consistent with the core functionality in P1295, and also is derived from the OSF Motif documentation. The X/Open version of the Motif specification contains additional Motif features such as drag-and-drop, internationalization and gadgets.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization with the objective of enabling business users of information technology to exploit that technology to fundamentally change and improve the way they do business. OSF supplies software to make information technology easier to learn and easier to use, while enabling various vendors' equipment to work together, and information and applications to be accessed and shared across distributed, open computing environments. OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together, using an innovative open process, to find and implement the best, most relevant technologies from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the OSF has over 400 members and 300 employees worldwide.
 NOTE: OSF, OSF/1, Motif, and Open Software Foundation are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc.
 X Window System is a trademark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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