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.

#49 Re: Why not analyze DOS, DBMS, DOM?

by jgraham

Sunday November 23rd, 2003 8:21 AM

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You mean that acronyms can be used for generic concepts as well as specific ones!

Now that we've grasped the idea of generic v specific, maybe you'd like to tell us why you decided to use the acronym XUL when developing Luxor and the "Open XUL Alliance". Clearly you were aware of the existence of XUL as a specific Mozilla technology; you refer to Mozilla as the "Xul Granddaddy" and state on the Luxor page that "XUL stands for XML User Interface Language and was pioneered by Mozilla". Did it not occur to you that using XUL to mean something other than the Mozilla technology could create confusion? I assume it wasn't a shortage of other acronyms that could be used to describe the same concept - there are dozens of possibilities (e.g. XIL - XML Interface Language, XGL - XML GUI Language, MUIL - Markup User Interface Language, IDLUX - Interface Descriptor Language Using XML, XDUIDL - XML Declarative User Interface Descriptor Language, and so on).