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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.


#79 Re: DOS, DVD, VCR, RAM

by jgraham

Thursday May 29th, 2003 9:20 AM

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What's the point? Those are all acronyms. So what? All the DOS's are similar but incompatiable enough that it is necessary to prefix them with a manufacturer name. All the DVDs are compatiable, so they just get referred to as DVD's rather than SonyDVD mDVD or whatever. All (VHS) VCRs are compatiable so we use a single acronym VCR (and call incompatiable things something else like LaserDisc or PVR). Different types of RAM are incompatiable and so have to be specified exactly EDO RAM, SD RAM, etc.

Conclusion: If things are similar but incompatiable, it is necessary to give them different names. Collary: Sometimes similar things have names which share a common section even when they are incompatiable (all the DOS's share DOS). So it might be possible for all XML languages designed for user interfaces to share a common 'base' acronym. This is no means necessary though (Docbook and HTML do slightly similar things, but they don't need a similar name) and nothing suggests that any base acronym should be XUL.

My turn:

Using the same term for a range of different products is liable to produce confusion among people wishing to use the product, therefore doing so produces no conceviable benefit for proponenets of the product. Discuss.