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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.


#45 Re: History 101 - Windows A Bunch Of Device Driver

by jgraham

Wednesday May 28th, 2003 12:21 PM

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>You might wonna read up on how the web (HTML) got started? Do you remember M$ Blackwidow?

No. But in any case times have changed significantly. When the web started, Microsoft didn't own 95% of the browser market. There weren't already tens of millions of people who needed to be convereted from one technology to another. Sadly, that makes a big difference. It's now *impossible* for most people to do anything, especially anything that involves money, on the internet without catering for Internet Explorer users. If Microsoft release some XML UI language then there are probably quite a lot of sites that will use it. But it won't be compatible with XUL, just like all those other slightly-incompatible Microsoft technologies like jscript and MS-Java didn't quite work with other things.

At the moment, XUL has a great future. But that future isn't on web sites. It's on closed networks - for example company intranets where the ability to design real GUIs that work across a wide range of hardware. What Mozilla needs is more people explaining to companies that they don't have to hack together poor html interfaces for their internal web apps when they could be using a more powerful framework that reuses most of their existing html/css/javacsript skills. In that situation, the fact that XUL requires Mozilla (or another XUL like language requires something else) doesn't matter. That can easilly be deployed and will be if there are clear business benefits. The same isn't true on the web at large.