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   RE: [xml-dev] User interface programming XUL?

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I don't think the concept itself is 'ill-conceived'.  I have seen and
built ample evidence of its effectiveness.  For example, it takes only a
minute to build GUI around your favorite command line tool; adding help
and parameter validation would add a few more minutes.  Another example
is Eclipse plug-ins.  While some plug-ins require deep integration with
Eclipse, simple plug-ins can be created using XUL without intimate
knowledge of Eclipse innards.

Use of XUL in Mozilla itself is debateble.  Sure there was a lot of GUI
frontends to create, but I think one could have achieved the same with
some readily available tools.

I think Java needs something like XUL but better.


Don Park

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matt Gushee [mailto:mgushee@havenrock.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, June 16, 2002 5:28 PM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] User interface programming XUL?
> On Sun, Jun 16, 2002 at 05:12:16PM -0700, Don Park wrote:
> > 
> > My opinion of XUL is pretty low at this point.  As I 
> mentioned before, 
> > there is no DTD.  XUL is poorly designed and poorly documented.  I 
> > have
> How about 'ill-conceived'? I'm inclined to think that runtime 
> GUI construction is simply an inappropriate task for XML. The 
> Galeon browser (based on the Mozilla libraries) reportedly 
> achieves greatly improved performance over Mozilla, precisely 
> because it doesn't use XUL.
> -- 
> Matt Gushee
> Englewood, Colorado, USA
> mgushee@havenrock.com
> http://www.havenrock.com/
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