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Open Look Graphical User Interface

a GUI standard introduced for X-Windows systems on Unix platforms. A thoughtful standard heavily-influenced by the Xerox Star interface, the Open Look guidelines are well worth review. However, the Open Look interface failed to catch on in the marketplace where it was competing with the Motif interface running on the same Unix platform. Motif seems to have been more successful on the basis of strategic market positioning, given that its design is considerably less insightful than Open Look.