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Resources for programming X Window (or whatever its official name is). (Oops, I started some new pages on X and so forth -- see xlib.)

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The box (computer) on which the graphical output will display. (As I've known for a long time, the software on this box is confusingly known as the X server.)


The monitor on which the graphical output will display. A "display" (as defined above) can have more than one monitor and thus more than one display. (The X specification expects one keyboard and mouse to be shared among all the screens (monitors) connected to a single "display" -- I don't think that is the normal practice (but I don't know for sure).)


from Learning to Use X11:

Finally, a "window" is a rectangular area of the screen that can be used for input and output. If the rectangular area is not directly associated with a screen, but instead resides in memory, it is referred to as a "pixmap". Pixmaps and windows share the property of being "drawable" and can be used interchangeably in some function calls. It is important to remember that to X11 a window is merely a rectangular area on the screen. As such, it does not include things like titlebars, scrollbars and other GUI elements that we have come to associate with the word window. If these elements are present, they are controlled by a different program called a window manager.


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  • Learning to Use X11; Friday, April 26, 2002; Philipp K. Janert -- "A tutorial discussing how to use X11 fully and effectively." -- The discussion of terminology, under #Notes was abstracted from the article and is useful to anybody who uses X. (I've read only the glossary and skimmed the first page.)

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