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Graphical user interfaces generally; use with the particular environment’s tag as appropriate.

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When did the floppy disk icon become the standard symbol for the “save” function in user interfaces?

The floppy disk icon is a widely recognized symbol in user interfaces, typically representing the “save” function. When did the floppy disk icon become the standard symbol for the “save” function in ...
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What happened to Doug Engelbart's NLS?

Apparently, it was sold to "Tymshare" in 1977, but what happened to it after that? Who has the software now? Could it ever be emulated?
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What did Windows 2 do about varying aspect ratio?

There was a time when computer graphics had to deal with non-square pixels. Happily that time ended once everyone had VGA or better. But Windows 2 supported both EGA and VGA. And while the latter has ...
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What were the 189 GUI design elements that Apple claimed 'look and feel' copyright over?

According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer,_Inc._v._Microsoft_Corp. Apple listed 189 GUI elements; the court decided that 179 of these elements had been licensed to Microsoft in the ...
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When did SunOS get a graphical interface?

I understand that the first graphical user interface for SunOS was SunTools (later renamed to SunView), but I cannot find any documentation that states when it was released and for which versions of ...
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How do programmers take advantage of programming languages to make graphics? [closed]

I was wondering for a pretty long time about graphics in all programming languages(no code available). Back in the rise of programming languages, such as C, Assembly, C++, and others, they had no ...
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What windowing system had the first size-proportional scroll bar?

I came across a link to a site that shows the history of the scroll bar. While the content of the site is pretty thin and devoid of explanation, it does show Xerox Star, Lisa, Mac, Amiga, Windows, ...
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Looking for a multiline text gadget for Intuition on a 1.3 Amiga

I've come to understand that Intuition, the GUI framework on the stock A500 has 4 types of gadgets: 'boolean' - checkboxes and buttons 'Proportional' - sliders string inputs integer inputs I'm ...
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Why did fonts in Windows 1.01's Write application look so poor?

In Windows 1.01 Write, the fonts were kind of blocky: Here's what the same text looked like in a modern word processor: Even the terminal had smoother text than Windows 1.01: Why did Windows 1.01 ...
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Who invented the clipboard?

Just as the wheel, the clipboard on a computer is indeed a very useful invention! Who came up with such bright idea? Additionally, did it exist on non-graphical environments as well ?
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Hardware assisted Graphical User Interface?

I have read a fiction novel in which a manufacturer in the 80s provided GUI by adding a dedicated drawing hardware besides videocard or by extending videocard. Fictional as it is, is this possible or ...
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What did Prodigy use for pre-web GUI client?

Prodigy was a big early Internet service provider, and of course by the late nineties, the most popular Internet protocol was the web; most users spent most of their Internet time in a web browser. ...
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What did AOL use for pre-web GUI client?

AOL was a big early Internet service provider, and of course by the late nineties, the most popular Internet protocol was the web; most users spent most of their Internet time in a web browser. But if ...
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What was the first language library to include a GUI grid component?

I was first exposed to GUI libraries in the 80's, and all of them initially included typical GUI objects like buttons, checkboxes, edit fields, and so on, but I don't recall being able to write a ...
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Why does part of the Windows 98 Setup program look older than the rest?

When installing Windows 98, the part of the setup process where you enter things like product details looks... different. The scrollbars, buttons, title bar and such look more like they belong in ...
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Could the PDP-11 console be accessed "raw" by software?

My rough understanding of the lights-and-switches console that many PDP-11 models had is that they were not hardwired into the CPU itself or anything, but implemented as just another Unibus device. ...
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Does the first version of Linux developed by Linus Torvalds have a GUI? [closed]

Does the first version of Linux developed by Linus Torvalds have a GUI (not necessarily Iconic but something simpler like Midnight Commander)?
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Did Xerox engineers really develop the first graphical user interface? [closed]

Did the computer scientist at Xerox really develop the first graphical user interface, later showing this to both Steve Jobs and Bill Gates? Just for reference, it is in reference to this story.
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Who invented scrollable screens in Amiga?

A well known feature of Amiga is the ability to have multiple Intuition screens (ViewPorts in graphics.library parlance) that coexist and can be laid out on the screen so that they overlap vertically. ...
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Where can I get icons for Windows 3.1/95-style GUIs?

Consider for instance the GUI for Microsoft Word 97: I am interested in getting the tiny icons used for the "Open", "Save", "Print" operations below the menu bar. Is there a good source for these and ...
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What algorithm does Windows 98 use to decide whether to show or hide menus?

A comment on User Experience reminded me that Windows 98 keeps the All Programs submenus open when the mouse isn't on the menus, but if the mouse strays too far from the menus for long enough they all ...
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Xerox Parc and the three-button mouse

The original GUI invented at Xerox Parc, used a three-button mouse. What did each of the three buttons do?
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