Full Article Attached Open XUL Alliance Site Goes Live

Sunday May 25th, 2003

Gerald Bauer writes in with news that the Open XUL Alliance site has launched. The site aims promote XUL and encourage interoperability with a collection of XUL news articles, mailing lists and links.

#12 Re: I'm trying to be civil...

by jgraham

Monday May 26th, 2003 3:16 PM

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That's fine but I don't see why it's relevant to XUL. Just because it's an XML language doesn't mean it has to be a w3c (or any other) standard in order to be useful for it's designed purpose. The power of XUL isn't in producing web apps (for that, it would need to be a standard), but in producing application interfaces that are able to run locally or from a remote server. So, for example, a company could deploy an XUL contacts directory on their intranet which could use common interface features, such as tree controls, that aren't avaliable in html. In that situation, it doesn't matter whether there are two or more interoperable implementations - all that matters if having a single implentation that does what the company wants. That might mean using Mozilla-the-browser on every desk, might mean using the Gecko activeX control, or might mean using some other XUL runtime environement. That deosn't require any more standardisation than .net or any other similar language does.

If XUL were to become big /on the internet/ then standardisation would, of course, be necessary. But, in my opinion, the people who are suggesting XUL could be used on public websites are misguided. Just because it uses internet technologies doesn';t automatically mean it should be used on the internet at large.