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1.  Introducing the ToolTalk Service

2.  An Overview of the ToolTalk Service

3.  Message Patterns

4.  Setting Up and Maintaining the ToolTalk Processes

5.  Maintaining Application Information

6.  Maintaining Files and Objects Referenced in ToolTalk Messages

7.  Participating in ToolTalk Sessions

8.  Sending Messages

9.  Dynamic Message Patterns

10.  Static Message Patterns

11.  Receiving Messages

12.  Objects

13.  Managing Information Storage

14.  Handling Errors

A.  Migrating from the Classing Engine to the ToolTalk Types Database

B.  A Simple Demonstration of How the ToolTalk Service Works

Inter-Application Communication Made Easy

Adding Inter-Operability Functionality

Modifying the Xedit Application

Modifying the Xfontsel Application

We Have Tool Communication!

Adding ToolTalk Code to the Demonstration Applications

Adding ToolTalk Code to the Xedit Files

Adding ToolTalk Code to the Xfontsel Files

C.  The ToolTalk Standard Message Sets

D.  Frequently Asked Questions



Inter-Application Communication Made Easy

The ToolTalk service provides you with a complete set of functions for application integration. Using the functionality provided with the ToolTalk service, existing applications can be made to “speak” to each other.

The demonstration of the ToolTalk service is simple: while using a simple text editor, you can ask an interface for selecting font names to change the font displayed in the loaded file. The ToolTalk demo consists of two applications from X11R4:

This chapter outlines the simple steps to modify these two applications so that they can inter-operate; shows how the ToolTalk code is incorporated into the source code files.