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xwais - X interface to the WAIS system


xwais [ standard X toolkit arguments ]


xwais is a simple interface that allows the selection and modification of WAIS questions and sources.

There are basically three kinds of windows you will see in Xwais:

1. the main Xwais window.
2. a number of Question windows.
3. a Source window.

In the main Xwais window you’ll see two lists - Questions and Sources.

To open a question, select the question in the Question List and press the "Open" button in the Question frame. To create a new question, press the "New" button in the Question frame. Press "Help" in the resulting Question window for information on how to manipulate questions.

To add a new source, press the "New" button in the Source Frame. To edit an old source, press the "Open" button.

To exit the application, click twice on the "Quit" button. This only closes the Xwais "shell". Questions must be closed explicitly.

Remember, your window manager may be managing some of these windows, so if you click on a button and see no window, check to see if the window has actually been iconified.


Xwais    application Default file.
$(HOME)/wais-questions    location of saved questions.
$(HOME)/wais-sources    location for personal sources.


The following resources may be changed to modify the default behavior of the application. I recommend you look at the resource file Xwais to get a better idea of all the resources available.
Xwais*questionDirectory:        ~/wais-questions/
Xwais*userSourceDirectory:        ~/wais-sources/
Xwais*commonSourceDirectory:        /proj/wais/wais/wais-sources/


xwais currently has a limit of twenty questions. It will arbitrarily trunctate the list to the first twenty files it sees.

xwais does not sort the question or source lists. It really should.

xwais is heavily dependant on it’s resources. If it is unable to find the proper resource file, it will most likey become unusable.

xwais has no limit to resizing, so if the window is resized too small, some buttons may be lost.

See Also

xwaisq(1) , waisindex(1) , waisserver(1)


Jonny Goldman <Jonathan@Think.COM>

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