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.

#16 Re: XML == Vendor-Independent

by jgraham

Saturday February 28th, 2004 6:16 AM

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OK, so I have a business plan. I'm going to set up a company that sells big machines to international businesses. I plan to call my company International Business Machines, or IBM, since that's just a collection of words that describe what I'm doing. I don't expect the fact that there is another company with a trademark on the term IBM to be a problem because, according to Gerald, trademarking acronyms made up of descriptive terms is illegal. I was planning to expand my business by producing a proprietry XML based markup language for exhanging information between my machines. I was going to protect my language by strictly licensing the use of my (copyrighted!) schema. Except Gerald says I can't do that, because "XML stands for vendor independent". Well there I was thinking that XML was just an acronym for the name of a particular format for markup languages! Now I know better!