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.

#9 Re: Was XUL the first to use XML for GUIs?

by t_evans <>

Tuesday October 22nd, 2002 5:27 PM

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According to <>, version 0.1 of glade was released on 18 Apr 1998. The earliest mention of XUL that google can find in netscape.* is 4 Dec 1998, but this is only mentioning XUL is passing as something that either already exists or is already planned. Anybody know when XUL was first proposed and/or implemented?