Why [not] X?

Alaric B. Williams alaric@abwillms.demon.co.uk
Sat, 24 May 1997 08:32:40 +0000

> I'll leave it at this: if you want to kick ass with a Lisp graphics
> system, don't stub your toe on X. Aim a little higher.

With a little careful planning, we could capture a nice little
niche market in the graphics industry.

Professional design and so on tends to be done on computers used
for only that when it's done big time, so a new OS isn't a problem
there compatabilitywise.

Professional designers need to convert between colour models and
gamuts (ranges of diaplayable colours) easily.

The function to convert between a pair of colour models typically
ranges from simple to awkward.

The existing models, that try to declaratively capture all the
possible such functions, are VERY awkward.

Colour model converters as LISP functions would be /nice/.

Image transformations as LISP functions would be /nice/.

An OS with flexible storage, so that image files could easily
be made to support some kind of chromaticity-preserving
feature without breaking compatability (ie, make a subclass
of "bitmap"...) would also be quite /nice/.

Alaric B. Williams (alaric@abwillms.demon.co.uk)

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