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.

#54 Re: Freedom To Innovate (Repost)

by Ben_Goodger

Wednesday May 28th, 2003 1:04 PM

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Many of XUL's semantics are tied to the presence of the other components that Dave mentioned - XBL, CSS, etc. While it might be possible to recreate a XUL runtime using native widgets or another layout engine (I assume this is what you mean by "break free from the browser"), to recreate even the current level of XUL compliance would be a mammoth undertaking, and as Dave has pointed out stray from the original intent of XUL/XPToolkit if widgets were implemented in technologies other than XBL, CSS, etc.

Your enthusiasm is great. I don't want to trample on that, just let you know what you're getting yourself into if you really want to create new XUL implementations. Myself, I don't think there's a need for more than one XUL implementation per platform, especially given how well Mozilla XUL/XPToolkit works now on windows and linux. As far as "Mozilla XUL" goes, what we implement will always be defined by our needs and our customers' needs. We won't necessarily be hamstrung by "compatibility" requirements with other runtimes, such as may exist, since at this point we have the most comprehensive runtime.