MSDN Magazine Article on XML-Based GUIs

Tuesday October 22nd, 2002

Jacob pointed us towards an interesting Microsoft MSDN Magazine article on using XML to create user interfaces. In the tutorial, Paul DiLascia describes how to "develop an XML-based GUI language parser for .NET that lets you code resources, menus, toolbars, and status bars in XML instead of with procedural code." It introduces new XML elements, including <toolbar>, <button> and <menuitem>. Sound familiar? We thought so.

To be fair, DiLascia, who doesn't work for Microsoft, does acknowledge the influence of XUL, though he states, somewhat bizarrely, that it was developed by the "Java language folks". You can download the MotLib.NET C# class library for use in your own .NET applications but note that Microsoft restrictions prevent you from using it in open-source projects.

#13 Found the French origin !

by IriseLenoir

Tuesday October 22nd, 2002 8:49 PM

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Never heard "bon mot" in that meaning either... Englishmen do have a tendency to use french words with a different meaning so it wouldn't surprise me that it has nothing to do with french.

Ah! Found it: it comes from a XIIIth century french expression, meaning "parole piquante". It makes sence, since most of the French words in the english language have been introduced in the XIVth century.

Mystère résolu ;-)

Source: Dictionnaire étymologique et historique de la langue française, éditions Livre de Poche