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Back to : 19770119_January_Status_R | Home XERO)( Information Technology Group Systems Development Division January 19, 1977To: Wendell ShultzCopies to: Dav'id Liddle, Chuck Thacker, Ron Rider, Bob Metcalfe, C. Simonyi, S. Wallace, D. Stottlemyre, J. Szelong, P. Heinrich, L. BergsteinssonFrom: Charles IrbySubject: January Status Report for Common SoftwareFiled on: ProgressJanGeneral: The reorganization of the System Software Section should improve progress inthe Common Software area. A transition period of two to four weeks is expectedbefore the new roles stablize and the Common Software Group begins to benifit from afull-time manager.User Interface: The User Interface Group sponsored a one day workshop on "DesktopConcepts and Display Windows." Demonstrations and discllssions were presented ofSmalltalk, Woodstock, the Program Librarian user interface prototype, and an Alto-baseduser interface to Interlisp (executing on Maxc). These were followed by a generaldiscussion period. A summary description of the highlights will be published in the nearfuture.The followup visit to the legal firm in San Francisco has not yet taken place. We areawaiting permission from the firm.Activity is currently being focused on the specification of an initial user interface for theDiamond prototype. An initial release is planned for the first week in February with anupdate by the first of March.Jack Newlin has accepted a position with the Common Software Group. He has a stronggraphics background and is expected to work with PARC, Applications Software, andPrototype Software groups in integrating graphics into Diamond. He will also help in userinterface and data management issues related to graphics and will become familiar withfont creation.Betty Burr has not officially accepted our offer but is expected to join our User InterfaceGroup. If she accepts, she will bring a non-technical, trainer's perspective to bear on thedesign of the DWP user interface and will focus on training problems and approaches(working with OSD personnel).Data Management: The Pilot functional Spec is being reviewed for adaql1acy relative to datamanagement. Also being considered are relationships of data management to memory andprocess management. To whatever degree seems appropriate, the responsibility for thetransaction facilities may be transfered to Data management. Paul McJones is nowworking full time in this area. llob Ayers will begin to split his time between Tools andData Management shortly and will transfer entirely once an implementation of the toolsenvironment is well underway. Jack Newlin will also participate in this activity asmentioned above.