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Weekend Discussion

Friday March 24th, 2000

Time for another weekend discussion. The question this weekend:

What do you feel is an appropriate level of integration between a browser and an Operating System? And at the other end of the spectrum, what are your feelings about Mozilla's cross-platform approach?


#58 Re: Re: XPCOM and XUL are the future

by basic <_basic@yahoo.com>

Monday March 27th, 2000 1:59 AM

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> I agree with you, however, XPCOM and XUL are pretty hard to use for, say, an average VB programmer.

I don't know about XPCOM, but the XUL being hard problem can be solved easily with a XUL editor.

> OTOH, I see most VB/Delphi apps migrating to browser-based webapps in the next years.

I see moz at the center of it...

> If Mozilla wants to be able to run similar apps (DHTML UI and XML data), it better get some good XML support.

Moz runs on XML, Moz itself uses DOM for it's UI. As for DHTML UI? Well, if it can do XUL, DHTML is nothing...

> IE4 had *TWO* XMLDOM parsers (C++ and Java) and an XML DSO (databinding). This was back in 1997.(Check out this sample from Drew Marsh: (LINK) )

Expat is not good enough? As for Java, there are many XML parsers out there. I don't see a connection between a Java-based XML parser and Moz though. Jazilla OTOH...

> To me, it seems the Mozilla vision is: "We're going to build a nice HTML renderer".

Where did you get that? Moz has been accused of trying to build the ultimate app platform. In fact it is the NS Comm users that want "just a nice HTML renderer", but Moz will deliver much more. If Moz wanted to just build a nice HTML renderer, Moz 5.0 would have been released half a year ago. Switching to nglayout is not the only reason that it is not released today...

Basic