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Full Article Attached Open XUL Alliance Launches Wiki Wiki

Thursday November 20th, 2003

Gerald Bauer writes in with news that the Open XUL Alliance now has a Wiki. The Open XUL Alliance is a site about XUL and related XML-based declarative user interface languages. A Wiki (sometimes called a Wiki Wiki) is a collection of pages that can be freely contributed to and edited by anybody. Read the full article for more details.


#19 Re: Who Promotes XUL? The Mozilla Folks For Sure N

by Waldo_2

Friday November 21st, 2003 10:08 PM

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XUL is the name Mozilla has assigned their implementation of a User Interface Language based on XML. They do not call it Mozilla XUL, nor do Mozilla Firebird developers call it Mozilla Firebird XUL. Mozilla's version is XUL, not a XUL (Zool), but THE XUL. There is no other XUL because no one else (excepting your audacious site - no other site that I know of has grouped all the XML-based interface languages under the name of Mozilla's XML interface language) refers to their XML-based interface language as XUL. Everyone else can define away to their hearts' content, but whatever they come up with is merely another User Interface Language based on XML, NOT XUL. This situation is akin to calling all browsers Internet explorers: while browsers do this, Microsoft chose the name, so it is respected as inherent only to Microsoft's browsers. This is not "childish bickering over who owns the XUL acronym" - it is protection of the name and implementation Mozilla has worked so hard to make. (This bickering hardly matches up to some of the worst, anyways, especially as it appears to be mono a multi[1]. *cough MNG, ALT-popup, etc.*)

Regarding your "insight", I notice that you wrote this article. Until I hear more than just your lone voice (substantially more) I cannot agree with your naming choices. Feel free to dig up other voices if you want - I'll listen.

[1] My made-up suitable version of mono a mono (pardon my ignorance of any usual way). If there's a usual way of expressing this, I'd love to learn it.