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.

#54 Re: Where are the hijacked acronyms?

by jgraham

Sunday November 23rd, 2003 12:50 PM

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No, sorry Gerald, I don't see the difference. Are you asserting that /because XUL is an acronym that itself comprises the generic acronyms XML and UI, it is not possible for it to be a trademark/? If this is indeed what you are asserting, I have several issues with it.

First of all, that's an absurd distinction to make; do you also believe it's impossible to trademark acronyms which contain L for the 'word' Laser as one letter?

Second, do you think that also applies if you use the full expansion of the terms in your acronym i.e. would XMLUIL be trademarkable?

Thirdly, a cursory search of the US Patent and Trademark Office website seems to disagree with you - for example XPU is a trademark of Credolink Systems, Inc and appears to stand for XML Processing Unit (although it's hard to be sure, since the site only seems to list the mark itself, giving weight to my theory that /no one gives a danm what the letters stand for/); have I totally missed your point, or can you point out a flaw in my research?