Linux Today Article Recommends Sun Adopt XUL for Java

Friday February 27th, 2004

Tomas Marek (marek<AT>tipsport<DOT>cz) and guzzi333 pointed us towards a Linux Today article in which Ganesh Prasad argues that Sun should levarage the work of the open-source community to improve enterprise Java and fight back against Microsoft's .NET. The author singles out client-side rich user interfaces as an area in which Java is weak, and recommends that Sun adopt XUL to fill the gap. This would help to combat Microsoft's XAML technology, which is similar to XUL and designed to work well with .NET applications. Prasad also claims that Sun could give credibility to XUL and encourages the company to work with the Mozilla Foundation to get the language endorsed as a W3C standard.

#14 Re: XML UI Language (XUL) is a Generic Term

by AlexBishop <>

Saturday February 28th, 2004 5:44 AM

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The bit of trademark law you quote is designed to stop me selling my loaves of bread under the name 'Bread' and then suing anyone else who refers to their bread as 'bread'. It doesn't apply to XUL as the term was coined by the Mozilla project: nobody had used the term XUL to describe XML-based declarative user interface markup languages before. This is an example of people using the brand name of a market leader as a generic term, as has happened with Coke, Kleenex and Hoover. While this can lead to a trademark becoming generic over time, the trademark is still valid if the trademark owner defends it.