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OSF ADDS NEW TECHNOLOGY FROM IBM, DIGITAL AND LOTUS DEVELOPMENT TO MOTIF

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation today revealed the selection of new widget technology from Lotus Development Corporation, IBM Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation. OSF will incorporate the new widgets into the toolkit of its award-winning Motif(R) graphical user interface to enhance its functionality.
 Widgets are tools that enable developers to create sophisticated yet simple-to-use screen graphics and provide data and function manipulation for the application user. The added widgets will offer extended PC- style interface capability; more powerful, internationalized text editing capability, and enhancements for desktop emulation. All the selected widgets are consistent with the style of Microsoft Windows and IBM's Common User Access (CUA).
 OSF's widget selection process began in July 1992 when OSF issued a Request for Widget Technology to the industry. The technical review as completed November 6. OSF plans to ship the new widgets as part of the next major release of Motif.
 Cathy Betz, business area manager for Motif, described the selections as adding significant benefits to application developers and end users alike. "The new widgets will enrich Motif's already extensive toolkit, as well as accelerate application development," she said. "In addition to important new functionality, we are providing greater consistency with Windows and IBM's style, saving developers valuable time. The new widgets extend the PC-style look and feel of Motif without sacrificing the power of the workstation. For end users, that means dramatically reducing the learning curve as well as ongoing training requirements."
 The newly selected widgets afford greater compliance with the PC styles so widely used in the marketplace today. OSF selected its new text widget from Digital. A key feature of the new text widget is the ability to edit text from right to left, as is standard in such languages as Arabis, Hebrew and other Middle Eastern languages. This capability further enhances Motif as the most comprehensive solution for internationalized commercial applications. the new text widget supports multiple fonts and colors, allowing users much more flexibility in editing text within the Motif environment.
 PC-style container and notebook widgets were selected from IBM. The container widget allows for flexible, user-controlled organization and collection of desktop objects easily and efficiently. Emulating a physical paper notebook, the notebook widget displays a series of "pages" on the screen, complete with optional tabs and indexing. A notebook can be utilized in any number of applications, such as providing the base for a card filer application or help utility.
 The combo box widget, which will be supplied by Lotus cpmbines two widgets most developers need to use in building PC-style user interfaces. The combo box brings together a drop-down list and a type-in text field, enabling a developer to work more quickly by using an off-the-shelf widget instead of creating the combination each time.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization that supplies software to make computers easier to learn and easier to use, while also making them work better together. OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together to develop the industry's leading technical agenda and the software essential for creating a comprehensive, open systems computing environment. OSF uses an innovative open process for finding and implementing the best technology from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the OSF has over 350 members and 280 employees worldwide.
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 /CONTACT: Diane Rezendes of the Open Software Foundation, 617-621-8772/


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