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   ANN: XUL Alliance Goes Live - New XML UI Standards Body Emerging?

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  In case you haven't heard I launched the XUL
Alliance site sporting the tagline "Creating A Rich
Internet For Everyone".

  The goal is to promote all things XUL (XML UI
Language) and to provide free test suites to help
ensure interoperability between different XUL
motors/browsers/runtimes and free, open-source
show-case examples (aka blue prints) to demo the power
of XML for creating UIs.

  For now the XUL Alliance Site sports:

    * XUL News Wire  Breaking News About XUL; also
known as the xul-announce Mailing List

    * The Richmond Post  Chronicle of the XUL
Revolution; XUL News Weblog

    * xul-talk Mailing List  Beyond Mozilla; Talk
about XUL issues touching more than one XUL

    * XUL Lecture Series  Rich Clients, Rich
Browsers, Rich Portals and much more

    * XUL Link-opida  Articles, FAQs, Cheat Sheets
and much more

  You can find out more @ http://xul.sourceforge.net

  The XUL alliance site kick-off spawned some "flame
wars" about the question "What is XUL (XML UI

  If you're interested in hairsplitting, you might
wonna read up on the discussion in the MozillaZine @
or in the xul-talk mailinglist @

  The heated debate also uncovered some gems. If I may
quote Mozilla XUL, Firebird (nee Phoenix) and Safari
legend David Hyatt:
We have no plans to standardize the tagset or syntax
through an external organization like the W3C.
  I also tried to stir up the W3C XForms folks with
posts to their www-forms@w3.org mailinglist such as
"XUL Alliance Site Goes Live - New XML UI Standards
Body Emerging?" and "W3C XForms: Rest In Peace".
     So far nobody cares.

  As I see it W3C XForms is a good real-world case
study of premature standardization (in-contrast to
"build it first and standarize later") and I had a
discussion back in April with the XFroms community and
spec leads that you might wonna check out @
  See the threads entitled "Welcome to the Real-World;
The Future of XForms" @
 and "The Devil of Good is Perfect" @
 , for example. 
  To add some urgency to the discussion may I point
out the XUL News Wire story titled "Microsoft will
ship Longhorn Betas with built-in XUL motor this fall"

  If I may quote:
The Longhorn compilers, for instance, will use XML
script files to create user-interface functions with a
few lines of XML code that before would have required
hundreds, if not thousands, of lines of C# coding. And
the Longhorn software developer kit, which is also due
out this fall, will come with prebuilt XML Application
Markup Language (XAML) schemas for many UI functions
    Ok, that's it. Any thoughts? 
  - Gerald

PS: If you wonder: Who is this guy? Check out my
ongoing "Rich Clients, Rich Browsers, Rich Portals"
lecture series @

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