Windows Sockets

An Open Interface for Network Programming under Microsoft Windows

Version 1.1

20 January 1993

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Appendix D. Background Information

D.1 Legal Status of Windows Sockets

The copyright for the Windows Sockets specification is owned by the specification authors listed on the title page. Permission is granted to redistribute this specification in any form, provided that the contents of the specification are not modified. Windows Sockets implementors are encouraged to include this specification with their product documentation.

The Windows Sockets logo on the title page of this document is meant for use on both Windows Sockets implementations and for applications that use the Windows Sockets interface. Use of the logo is encouraged on packaging, documentation, collateral, and advertising. The logo is available on microdyne.com in pub/winsock as winsock.bmp. The suggested color for the logo's title bar is blue, the electrical socket grey, and the text and outline black.

D.2 The Story Behind the Windows Sockets Icon

(by Alistair Banks, Microsoft Corporation)

We thought we'd do a "Wind Sock" at one stage -- but you try to get that into 32x32 bits! It would have had to look wavy and colorful, and... well, it just didn't work. Also, our graphics designers have "opinions" about the icons truly representing what they are -- people would have thought this was "The colorful wavy tube specification 1.0!"

I tried to explain "API" "Programming Interface" to the artist--we ended up with toolbox icons with little flying windows

Then we came to realise that we should be going after the shortened form of the name, rather the name in full... Windows Sockets... And so we went for that -- so she drew (now remember I'm English and you're probably American) "Windows Spanner", a.k.a. a socket wrench. In the U.S. you'd have been talking about the "Windows Socket spec" OK, but in England that would have been translated as "Windows Spanner Spec 1.0" - so we went to Electrical sockets -- well the first ones came out looking like "Windows Pignose Spec 1.0"!!!!

So how do you use 32x32, get an international electrical socket! You take the square type (American & English OK, Europe & Australia are too rounded) -- you choose the American one, because it's on the wall in front of you (and it's more compact (but less safe, IMHO) and then you turn it upside down, thereby compromising its nationality!

[IMHO = "In My Humble Opinion" --ed.]



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