Call For Papers

July 14 - 17, 1997

Tremont House Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
275 Tremont Street, 02116-5694
Phone: +1 800 331 9998
Fax: +1 617 482 6730

The program committee is asking for papers and presentation proposals from anyone using or developing with Tcl/Tk (and extensions). Past conferences have seen submissions covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and engineering applications
  • Industrial controls
  • Distributed applications and Network Managment
  • Object oriented extensions to Tcl/Tk
  • New widgets for Tk
  • Simulation and application steering with Tcl/Tk
  • Tcl/Tk-centric operating environments
  • Tcl/Tk on small and embedded devices
  • Medical applications and visualization
  • Use of different programming paradigms in Tcl/Tk and proposals for new directions.
  • New areas of exploration for the Tcl/Tk language

Submissions should consist of an abstract of about 100 words and a summary of not more than two pages, and should be sent as plain text to [email protected] no later than May 19, 1997. Authors of accepted abstracts will have until June 23, 1997 to submit their final paper for the inclusion in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be made available on digital media, so extra materials such as presentation slides, code examples, code for extensions etc. are encouraged.

Printed proceedings will be produced as an on-demand book at

The authors will have 30 minutes to present their paper at the conference.

The program committee will review and evaluate papers according to the following criteria:

  • Quantity and quality of novel content
  • Relevance and interest to the Tcl/Tk community
  • Suitability of content for presentation at the conference

Proposals may report on commercial or non-commercial systems, but those with only blatant marketing content will not be accepted.

Application and experience papers need to strike a balance between background on the application domain and the relevance of Tcl/Tk to the application. Application and experience papers should clearly explain how the application or experience illustrates a novel use of Tcl/Tk, and what lessons the Tcl/Tk community can derive from the application or experience to apply to their own development efforts.

Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreements will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U. S. Copyright Act of 1976.

The primary author for each accepted paper will receive registration to the Technical Sessions portion of the conference at a reduced rate.

Other Forms of Participation

The program committee also welcomes proposals for panel discussions of up to 90 minutes. Proposals should include a list of confirmed panelists, a title and format, and a panel description with position statements from each panelist. Panels should have no more than four speakers, including the panel moderator, and should allow time for substantial interaction with attendees. Panels are not presentations of related research papers.

Slots for Works-in-Progress (WIP) presentations and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BOFs) are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting in April 21, 1997. Specific instructions for reserving WIP and BOF time slots will be provided in the registration information available in April 21, 1997. Some WIP and BOF time slots will be held open for on-site reservation. All attendees with an interesting work in progress should consider reserving a WIP slot.

Registration Information

More information is available at the conference web site and will be published on various Tcl/Tk-related information channels.

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Conference Committee


Tcl'1997 would like to thank those who are sponsoring the conference:

Contact information

[email protected]