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21 <h3>Features</h3>
23 <p>We have already mentioned that Window Maker is a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_manager">window
24 manager</a>. There are other window managers out there, such as the infamous FVWM, Enlightenment, AfterStep, and the
25 list goes on. All window managers perform the same basic tasks, which are to create, place, keep track of, and draw
26 borders around the windows on the screen. Beyond this, they can become quite different in their various abilities.</p>
28 <p>Window Maker firmly adheres to the behavior and functionality of the NEXTSTEP&#8482; user interface. The developers
29 have put forth a great deal of effort in capturing the essense and beauty of the original design, and have incorporated
30 some new ideas of their own. This has always followed the philosophy of keeping to those features which fit well into
31 the overall design, while limiting the amount of "feature creep" that tends to bloat other window managers. A summary
32 of the main Window Maker features are presented below.</p>
34 <h3>Core (usability)</h3>
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37 <li>Almost complete <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icccm">ICCCM</a> compliance</li>
39 <li>National language I18N support (over 11 locales)</li>
41 <li>Built-in icon dithering with support for 4bpp and 8bpp displays</li>
43 <li>Popup menus that support keyboard traversal, which can be "pinned" to the root window</li>
45 <li>Support for <a href="http://gnustep.org">GNUstep</a>, <a href="http://gnome.org">GNOME</a>, and <a href=
46 "http://kde.org">KDE</a> window hints to better integrate with those desktop environments</li>
48 <li>Support for Motif&#8482; and OPEN LOOK&#8482; window hints to better interface with applications based on those
49 toolkits</li>
51 <li>Built-in GUI configuration utility that eliminates the need to hand edit config files</li>
53 <li>Application <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dock_(computing)">Dock</a> (similar to NEXTSTEP/MacOS X Dock)
54 that can be configured using drag and drop</li>
56 <li>Workspace Dock (aka Clip/Fiend) which is a workspace specific Dock extender</li>
58 <li>Support for rudimentary session management</li>
60 <li>Rudimentary support for the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RandR">X RandR</a> extension</li>
62 <li>Support for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dockapps">dockapps</a> (equivalent of applets or epplets)</li>
64 <li>Ability to change all preferences and menus on-the-fly without having to restart the window manager</li>
66 <li>Support for multiple workspaces (aka "virtual desktops")</li>
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69 <h3>Extras (eye candy)</h3>
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72 <li>Built-in themes support</li>
74 <li>Over 13 types of window decorations, including custom defined</li>
76 <li>Support for XPM, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, GIF and PPM icons (no conversions with external programs) with an
77 alpha-channel</li>
79 <li>Support for setting the root window background (via the wmsetbg utility)</li>
81 <li>Optional superfluous animations, such as window shading, customizeable icon miniturization effects,
82 slide/scrolling menus, and much more</li>
83 </ul>
85 <p>Despite all of these features, Window Maker is not resource intensive and remains stable across many UNIX varients.
86 It is extremely flexible, and many options can be included or excluded at compile time. This means that you can easily
87 tailor Window Maker to meet your needs; whether you are a minimalist wanting to save resources, or an extremist that
88 likes to theme everything in sight. A screenshot of a typical Window Maker workspace is <a href="wmaker-screenshot.png" target=
89 "_blank">here</a>.</p>
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95 <!-- <p>Visit the links below to learn more about this versatile window manager.</p>
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98 <li><a href="/features/features.edit">General Overview</a></li>
99 <li><a href="/features/features/configuration.edit">Configuration via WPrefs</a></li>
100 <li><a href="/features/features/menu.edit">Advanced Menu System</a></li>
101 <li><a href="/features/features/dock.edit">The Dock and Clip</a></li>
102 <li><a href="/features/features/appearance.edit">Looks and Apperance</a></li>
103 <li><a href="/features/features/performance.edit">Performance Comparison</a></li>
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