Xess is a UNIX / X-windows based spreadsheet supplied by Applied Information Systems, Inc. (AIS) oriented towards scientific and engineering applications, but also suitable for general-purpose spreadsheets. It provides numerous input/output options, and supports standard spreadsheets formats from other programs such as Excel and Lotus. It includes a C-based application programming interface (API) that allows programmers to write customized interfaces to the spreadsheet.
Xess 6.0 is the current default for all platforms (i.e., this is the version obtained by typing: add xess; xess). Version 5.0 is also available and may be run by typing:
athena% add xess athena% xess -ver 5.0
General usage information can be found in the What Runs Where listing and in the xess locker, in files /afs/athena/software/xess_v6.0/README.athena and /afs/athena/software/xess_v6.0/README.config
The Xess 5.0 manual and Xess 5.0 xsBasic manual are available in PostScript format (for Athena users only). A copy of the Xess 5 online help and Xess 6 online help in html are also available for web viewing.
Xess is the officially supported spreadsheet for the MIT Athena Computing Environment. By "officially supported" we mean:
We try to provide current versions of Xess on all Athena platforms.
If you are a member of the MIT community and want to use Xess on a non-Athena computer, please contact Third Party Software firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-8613 for information on availability.
Xess FAQ from AIS
Help with Xess
If you are affiliated with MIT, contact Athena Consulting (on Athena, type "olc"). Otherwise, see the other resources above or contact the vendor for help.
Sending bug reports
Athena users should report problems via the "sendbug" command.
Software at MIT
Questions or suggestions about availability of software on Athena should be sent to email@example.com.
Comments on this page
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