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- From: Robb Shecter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Mark Birbeck <Mark.Birbeck@iedigital.net>
- Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2011 18:27:39 +0100
Mark Birbeck wrote:
> (OK I know I've cracked that one already - it's the end of the week. But
> really, if you want an XML specification for a user interface, surely
> HTML 4.0 is the one to choose. Then you could use a 'cool browser' that
> has an "XML GUI Interpreter" built in - like, well, IE4 and Netscape 4.)
(I found the "HTML" comment very funny, btw. :)
I'm thinking of something much more heavy-duty. Like, I want to support a complex user
interface that has many complex widgets, with flexible event wiring, that must make accesses
to back end data. Something like the UI for a Bloomberg Box, or Microsoft Encarta.
This in itself is "easy", and typically done by having a platform-specific UI that retrieves
domain objects from a datastore/business logic middle tier.
More interesting and challenging would be to make the UI/backend split "higher up". Do all
the layout work on the backend, and just send a platform-independent description of the UI
over the wire.
And -that- is what's led me to look for a Component Markup Language.
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