Volumes 6A and 6B of the O'Reilly Associates 'Definitive
Guides to the X Window System'
series of books are now available for direct download in various formats
and contents, from IST's and O'Reilly's web sites.
6A is the Motif Programming Manual.
6B is the Motif Reference Manual.
The versions that can be downloaded from IST's web site are
later versions than those made available by O'Reilly
themselves. In particular, Volume 6A from IST is for Motif
2.1, whereas from O'Reilly it is for Motif 1.2.
Antony Fountain and Jeremy Huxtable of IST have completely
6A, Motif Programming Manual, for Motif 2.1. This online
edition is the first publication of the Third Edition,
dated December 2001, and is the authoritative 'how-to' work on
Motif 2.1. A printed edition will be available from IST in
Volume 6B, Motif
Reference Manual is also available in updated form online.
This is the Second Edition of 6B, dated February 2000, for
Motif 2.1, as revised and updated by Antony Fountain. The
online edition has been augmented with a number of patches and
the sections on UIL have been re-instated
since the last paper publication of the volume. Volume 6B is
the standard reference work on Motif 2.1.
The versions available
from IST are available as both PDF files and source files
for UNIX FrameMaker 5.5. Those
available from O'Reilly
are in troff format, and exactly match the last
Antony Fountain, the lead author responsible for the
latest updates, said:
"It's been a mighty struggle, but the're
here at last.
"The full set of O'Reilly Motif reference materials have now
been completely refreshed for Motif 2.1. In addition Volume 6A, the Motif
Programming Manual, is enhanced with Jeremy Huxtable's unique
insights into the deployment of Motif and user interface
techniques in general.
"Hence for those of you wondering why the promised
'Ask Antony' pages on
the Notebook, Container, and so forth, were slow in coming,
and in why there are relatively large gaps between the posting
of technical replies to the site, the answer is here: I've
been tied up preparing these books.
This does not mean to say
that your questions have not been considered and answered
during this period - I have answered where I can - just that
the writing up of the interesting topics has taken a back seat
to the preparation of these manuals.
I hope you
feel, as I do, that this was a worthy diversion of effort.
"Many, many thanks to all at O'Reilly for releasing these
materials. A special thanks to Paula Ferguson: none of this
would be here without you.
"Many thanks also to all at IST for their patience and input!
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