GKS, a Standard for Software OEMs

  • Clinton N. Waggoner
Conference paper


The information age is upon us. The information industry, equivalent in importance to steel, railroads, oil, automobiles, and electronics is still in its infancy. The rapid decrease in cost and increase in performance of computers is making it possible. However, now the challenge is for software developers to design software applications packages which utilize all the available information in an effective manner. The key is for the software to be able to present information to and interact with humans in a wide variety of capacities. Graphics is an effective approach to handling the human interface. Thus graphics software will become a major market within the information industry. In order to serve this market in an effective and responsible manner, systems and software OEMs must utilize standards. This article summarizes the current status of graphics standards and discusses their use by software OEMs.


Input Device Graphic Standard Information Industry Graphic Device Line Style 
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    “Graphics Standards Evolve to Serve Users and Vendors,” Dave Straayer, Computer Technology Review, Winter, 1982.Google Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Clinton N. Waggoner
    • 1
  1. 1.Nova Graphics International CorporationAustinUSA

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