We have sought to minimize the need to refer to the XVT Portability Toolkit Release 5 manual and thus show the XVT Portability Toolkit definitions where appropriate. We include tables of the XVT Portability Toolkit options that are pertinent to various classes-for environment settings, window types, unsigned attributes, and so on. Also with convenience in mind, we have chosen to minimize cross- references and to make each discussion of a class as complete and independent as possible. The result is a lot of repetition, but you can find almost everything you need to know about a given class in one place. The discussion of each class includes the following:
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Tables of Contents
This reference documents the DSC++ public interface alphabetically, class-by-class. To locate a class, use the "XVT-Power++ Classes" contents page, which lists all classes, or the "New Classes for Release 5" page, which lists only new classes. When you click a class name, you will go to an individual hypertext table of contents for that class.
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Each class also has its own methods index, including all methods inherited (when applicable) but not overridden. To access the index for a class, simply click the "Methods Index" box at the beginning of the class table of contents. If the class has a parent, you will see a table of contents where you can choose whether to list the class methods or the methods of its ancestor(s).
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