International XUL Meetup Days Announced
Saturday April 3rd, 2004
Gerald Bauer writes: "Meetup.com — a site that helps in organizing local interest groups — has opened up a XUL chapter. Now you can join and link up with fellow XUL coders and designers at local cafes (and other places) in 612 cities across 51 countries. Every 1st Tuesday of every month is now officially International XUL Meetup Day! Meetup with other local XML User Interface Language (XUL) coders and designers to discuss the future of the rich internet for everyone.
"PS: I (Gerald Bauer) will try to organize a first XUL coder and designer meeting in Vienna, Austria in May. See you there."
Gerald, please realize that this isn't about pure anything. It's about using a name that Mozilla users have associated with a specific technology-- XUL. (Not just any XML UI Language: XUL.) You seem interested in everyone getting along; the solution to this would be to pick an acronym other than XUL for your generalized term. *XUL* is not a generalized term.
Please consider it. It would be nothing other than a change of terminology, and would prevent further flamewars. If you're interested enough in the Mozilla community to send articles in to MozillaZine, surely you have an interest in having that community's goodwill. As it stands now, your submission of these articles using the term XUL in a non-specific, incorrect sense is just giving you more trouble.
We're not against your developing XML user interface languages. We're not arguing about whether Mozilla alone gets us anywhere. We're just against your refusal to realize that the XUL term is not generic; i.e. it has become more than what it stands for, just as IBM has gone past developing "business machines."